Farm Progress

Red River Crops Conference takes on ag challenges for 2016

Ron Smith 1

January 29, 2016

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<p>Paul DeLaune, Texas AgriLife agronomist, fields questions from Altus, Okla., farmers Wayne and Fred Schmedt. DeLaune says conservation tillage, rotation and cover crops improve soil health, reduce erosion and increase water infiltration on cropland.</p>

The third annual Red River Crops Conference, held this year in Altus, Okla., provided farmers and ranchers from the Texas Rolling Plans and southwest Oklahoma production recommendations and market outlooks for 2016. The upshot of the two-day conference, which alternates between an Oklahoma and a Texas venue, was that production agriculture faces daunting challenges for the coming growing season, and that tight management of production costs and market opportunities will be essential to make money.

Here are some scenes from this year’s sessions.

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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