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Early signs of Mid-South fall

Ron Smith, Editor

September 30, 2019

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Thermometer readings may not support the reality that fall came to the Mid-South on Sept. 23. Standing in a cornfield before noon with temperatures already inching toward 90 degrees feels a lot like summer.

But, according to the calendar, fall has arrived.

And if one looks closely enough and ignores the unusually hot mid-September weather, the first blushes of color or the fading greens of summer indicate the transition. Driving the backroads of west Tennessee recently, I noticed early indications. Here are a few signs of fall.

About the Author(s)

Ron Smith

Editor, Farm Progress

Ron Smith has spent more than 30 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. Smith also worked in public relations, specializing in media relations for agricultural companies. Ron lives with his wife Pat in Denton, Texas. They have two grown children, Stacey and Nick, and two grandsons, Aaron and Hunter.

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