Ron Smith 1, Senior Content Director

October 24, 2014

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Farmers across the country will tell you fall is their favorite season. It’s when they get their report cards, the tally sheet of how well their crops have done. It’s also one of the busiest times of the year as many balance harvesting several crops while trying to plant small grains for spring harvest or early grazing.

In early to late October farmers across the Southwest put in long hours finishing up corn and grain sorghum harvest as well as prepping and stripping cotton. Others are combining peanuts and soybeans and many were buying stocker cattle to put on early-planted small grain.

This fall has been a good one for many Southwest farmers who finally saw enough in-season rain to make decent corn, cotton and grain sorghum. Across much of the region farmers also report adequate moisture to seed wheat and other small grains.

We’ve captured a bit of the activity over the past few weeks, including rides on combines in corn and on tractors planting wheat. This gallery illustrates a bit of the hectic fall season in the Southwest.

About the Author(s)

Ron Smith 1

Senior Content Director, Farm Press/Farm Progress

Ron Smith has spent more than 40 years covering Sunbelt agriculture. Ron began his career in agricultural journalism as an Experiment Station and Extension editor at Clemson University, where he earned a Masters Degree in English in 1975. He served as associate editor for Southeast Farm Press from 1978 through 1989. In 1990, Smith helped launch Southern Turf Management Magazine and served as editor. He also helped launch two other regional Turf and Landscape publications and launched and edited Florida Grove and Vegetable Management for the Farm Press Group. Within two years of launch, the turf magazines were well-respected, award-winning publications. Ron has received numerous awards for writing and photography in both agriculture and landscape journalism. He is past president of The Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association and was chosen as the first media representative to the University of Georgia College of Agriculture Advisory Board. He was named Communicator of the Year for the Metropolitan Atlanta Agricultural Communicators Association. More recently, he was awarded the Norman Borlaug Lifetime Achievement Award by the Texas Plant Protection Association. Smith also worked in public relations, specializing in media relations for agricultural companies. Ron lives with his wife Pat in Johnson City, Tenn. They have two grown children, Stacey and Nick, and three grandsons, Aaron, Hunter and Walker.

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