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Peanut harvest gallery: Fall weather brings excitement of peanut harvest to Southwest

Ron Smith 1

September 28, 2015

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<p>Peanut combines will be moving across Southwest peanut fields over the next few weeks.</p>

As September gives way to October and hints of cooler weather come with dawn and dusk, folks in peanut country begin to notice an earthy aroma as farmers begin to turn up the crop, invert the plants so the sun can begin the process of drying them down. In a few days combines will scoop up the vines, thresh the kernels from and convey them to the hopper box, shoot the debris out the back, leaving a cloud of dust and that tell-tale odor of clean soil.

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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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