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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  • Every day is Father's Day when you work together like Marc Arnusch and his son Brett. Arnusch Farms reports in each week as part of DTN's View From the Cab project. (DTN photo by Joel Reichenberger)

    View From the Cab

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  • Soybean gall midge larvae start out as white maggots inside the stem and turn orange as they mature. These were found on June 12, 2021. (Photo courtesy of University of Nebraska)

    Scouting Tips for Gall Midge in Soybeans

    The first detections of adult soybean gall midge have been discovered in the trapping network. Farmers should begin monitoring fields in the next two weeks in areas with a history of...

  • This cornfield near Ohio, Illinois, took a pounding from hail on June 6. (Photo courtesy of Scott Simpson)

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    Hail has hit several agriculture production areas recently. These resources can provide answers for farmers sorting through the aftermath.

  • South Dakota farmer Amanda Nigg is on a mission to push farmers to better physical and mental health through online workout programs and her Farm Fit Training business. (Photo by Weston Richey)

    Profiles in Agriculture

    Your farm is only as fit as your body. This South Dakota farmer finds mental toughness comes from keeping physically fit.

  • Luke Garrabrant parked the sprayer for a few moments while applying herbicides to soybeans. Members of his family have farmed here back to 1910, but this is the first year he'll be leasing the acreage. (Photo courtesy of Luke Garrabrant)

    View From the Cab

    As DTN's View From the Cab farmers finish planting, they pause to be grateful for those who have served to grant the freedom to farm.

  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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.