Pamela Smith

Crops Technology Editor

Pamela Smith joined DTN/Progressive Farmer staff as Crops Technology Editor in 2012. She previously was seeds and technology editor for Farm Journal Media. In addition to writing, reporting and photography, Pamela served as the writing coach for the magazine staff. An Illinois native, she started her career as a field editor for Prairie Farmer magazine and has freelanced for a multitude of farm, food and travel magazines.

Pamela is a two-time winner of the American Agriculture Editor's Association Writer of the Year honors. In 2009, she received the Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism award for a series on soybean rust. She was the first agricultural journalist to receive that coveted prize, often referred to as the Pulitzer of business journalism. In 2011, she received a second Neal award as part of a team covering the legacy of passing down the farm through the generations. She has also been named the journalist of the year by the American Phytopathological Society (plant pathologists) and the Weed Science Society of America. She was awarded a national food writing award for her profile of Father Dominic Garramone, a bread-baking priest. Four generations of her family farm in central Illinois.

 

 

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  • Farmers Marc Arnusch of Keenesburg, Colorado, and Luke Garrabrant of Johnstown, Ohio, are reporting on crop conditions and agricultural topics throughout the 2021 growing season as part of DTN's View From the Cab series. (Photos by Joel Reichenberger and courtesy of Luke Garrabrant)

    View From the Cab

    Farmers Marc Arnusch of Keenesburg, Colorado, and Luke Garrabrant of Johnstown, Ohio, are reporting on crop conditions and agricultural topics throughout the 2021 growing season as part of DTN's View From the Cab series...

  • A custom business of spreading chicken litter is just one of the agriculture enterprises Luke Garrabrant operates. (Photo courtesy of Luke Garrabrant)

    View From the Cab

    Meet Luke Garrabrant, a young Ohio farmer full of enthusiasm for the field of agriculture. He'll be reporting in throughout the growing season as part of the DTN View From the Cab feature.

  • Beans require a season-long approach to management if you really want them to shine. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico, photo illustration by Barry Falkner)

    Tips to Make Soybeans Shine

    Just as children have different personalities, so do crops. Finding a management system that embraces the biology of the soybean plant is critical to driving yields and capturing returns on input investments.

  • Changes in their soybean management system over recent years have helped Greg and Cameron McClure push yields and profitability. (Photo courtesy of AgriGold)

    Manage Soybeans to Push Profits

    Changing a growing system is more than tweaking one component. Here is a look at how one father-son team has worked to push soybean economics to the next level.

  • Soft red winter wheat in Illinois greens up after getting a shot of rain and a drink. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

    Production Blog

    Early entries are open on the National Wheat Yield Contest and there are a few new twists to the contest for the coming year.

  • (Photo by Jim Patrico, Photo Illustration by Barry Falkner)

    Manage Soybeans Throughout the Growing Season

    Higher yields require managing the crop through the entire growing season.

  • Four leaves (or more) may be considered lucky, but only if you find them. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

    Production Blog

    There's science to consider in four-leaf clovers for those lucky enough to discover them.

  • DTN View From the Cab farmers hail from a wide geography and provide give more than a snapshot of life of the farm throughout the season. Some of our past contributors include (top left to right): Ashley Andersen, Scott Wallis, Genny Haun, (bottom l to r) Kyle Krier, Kellie Blair, Ryan Wieck. (DTN file photos)

    Best Blog of the Week

    DTN is taking applications for the View From the Cab feature. We shadow two farmers throughout the growing season and write about current events on the farm.