Roy Roberson

Associate Editor,
Southeast Farm Press

James R. (Roy) Roberson began his career in agricultural communications as an assistant editor of agricultural research and teaching in Auburn University’s College of Agriculture and Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station. When he retired from Auburn University in 2004, he was head of the agricultural communications program at Auburn and assistant director of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station. Between stints at Auburn University, Roberson worked for several years as an account manager for Fletcher/Mayo and Associates, which at that time was the largest agricultural marketing and public relations company in the U.S. He also worked for nearly five years as Southeast marketing and public relations coordinator for Swanson-Rollheiser-Holland, an Omaha, Nebraska-based agricultural advertising and public relations company. In addition to his current position on the editorial staff of Southeast Farm Press, Roberson is former editor and publisher of Southern Pulp and Paper Magazine and was part of the team that created the Atlanta-based Southeast edition of Ad Week. Roberson grew up in rural east Alabama and earned bachelor and masters degrees in journalism and mass communication from Auburn University.

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Weather delays put Upper Southeast soybean crop in jeopardy
North Carolina seems to be the hardest hit by the unusual weather pattern, but wheat harvest and soybean planting has been delayed throughout the Southeast.
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South Carolina field day set for Aug. 6
A field day featuring both traditional and non-traditional crops is set for August 6, beginning at 8 a.m. at the Pee Dee Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Florence, South Carolina
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Change critical to peanut industry survival
Changes in production practices have doubled average peanut yields over the past 25 years and bigger changes in the business side of peanut buying and selling are key to the future survival of the industry says long-time buyer and peanut farmer Jack Chastain.
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Size of 2013 peanut crop still unpredictable
The 2013 peanut crop will be significantly smaller than the 2012 crop, but whether the cuts will be enough to offset over-supply created by last years 3.4 million ton crop remains to be seen.
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Flax: A winter crop option for South Carolina growers
Neal Baxley recently cut his second crop of flax and says the steep learning curve from last year paid off in a better crop the second time around.
Zinc deficiency can reduce sorghum yields, lower test weights
As sorghum acreage increases in the Carolinas, one problem to watch out for is yellowing of the crop once it gets up and growing.
Narrow-row corn boosts yields for North Carolina growers
Switching to narrow-row corn has been a yield enhancing experience for Union County, N.C., growers Steve and David Parker.
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Buyers still want low quality wheat from Upper Southeast
Sprouting wheat and generally poor quality wheat is abundant in the Upper Southeast this year, but buyers still want it.
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Rains, wind batter North Carolina wheat crop
Wicked weather is reducing what once looked like an outstanding wheat crop in North Carolina to an average to good one, leaving farmers planning on planting double-crop soybeans behind wheat in quandary.
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Jart Hudson: Peanut Profitability Award winner for Upper Southeast
Jart Hudson, a fourth generation peanut farmer at Turkey, N.C., says peanuts are as much a social and cultural part of his heritage as the crop is to the economic well-being of his large, diversified farming operation.
Soybeans and cotton nearly on time in South Carolina
Rain slowed planting of cotton and soybeans in South Carolina, but warm, dry weather has allowed growers to nearly catch up to the five-year average.
Lack of nematicides slows use of variable rate application in peanuts
Researchers across the Southeast’s Peanut Belt have long known the devastating impact of nematodes on crop yields and have made significant strides in developing delivery systems to significantly reduce the risk.
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Early-season disease control keeps peanut yield foe at bay
Last year was the first time in history the Southeast peanut-producing region averaged two tons per acre — an indication diseases were kept under control.
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Jeff Darnell beats odds with North Carolina strawberries
Bite into a flavorful Florida grown strawberry in the winter months and the odds are about 50-50 it started out in western North Carolina.
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Rapeseed a good fit for North Carolina grain farmer
Sam Walton is a young North Carolina farmer with a famous name and big role to play in his family’s large farming operation.
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