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January 19, 2017
Danny Davis was a stickler for keeping his cotton fields in good shape. He followed no-till production for years to add organic matter to his soil and he kept his cotton as weed-free as possible. Folks who knew him said he always tried to make good yields but he also wanted the crop to look good.
His untimely, shocking death last fall came before he could judge how well the 2016 crop turned out. I think he would have been pleased, and with help from family, friends and the cotton community, the cotton matured and produced about two bales per acre. See also http://bit.ly/2jDhhjQ
Here are some photos from Danny’s final crop. Thanks to Danny’s wife Sherry for the harvest photos.
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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