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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    Soybean farmers whose fields had yield losses resulting from off-target dicamba movement in the past six years can now file claims as part of a settlement with Monsanto.

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    A new corn and soybean web book is available as an instant, free and online reference tool from the Crop Protection Network.

  • New genetic tools enhance many crops, such as these potatoes in the labs at Calyxt. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo courtesy of Calyxt)

    Gene Revolution Turns 25 - 1

    Will consumers accept the next round of plant miracles?

  • Ignore the frizzy hair and googly glasses -- I'm still writing about acceptance of genetically engineered foods after decades of debate. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

    Best Blog of the Week

    In the next few weeks, DTN/Progressive Farmer is exploring the past and future of genetic engineering breakthroughs in agriculture. Today, we posted the first story of our special series called Gene Revolution Turns 25, looking...

  • It's galling. Southern root-knot nematode can cause galls to form on soybean roots that choke the life out of the plant. Much larger than soybean nodules, these galls strip yield potential. (Photo courtesy of University of Arkansas)

    More Nasty Nematodes

    Warmer temperatures allow additional nematodes to thrive in southern regions and educational efforts are underway to help farmers cope.

  • Croplink

    A chemical best known as a fever reducer and pain reliever for humans may also protect young cereal grain and row-crop plants.

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    Overestimating leaf disease severity and insect defoliation is as easy as overfilling your plate at a potluck. Crop scouts now have a new tool to put estimates on a realistic diet.

  • The blue areas on this map indicate where soybean cyst nematode has been detected for the first time. Presence of the pest has already been confirmed in the red areas. (Map courtesy of The SCN Coalition)

    Soybean Cyst Nematode Continues Move

    The worst pathogen soybean growers face is continuing to spread and management is needed to protect yield.

  • Farmers Reid Thompson of Colfax, Illinois, and Ryan Jenkins, of Jay, Florida, reported on crop conditions and agricultural topics throughout the 2020 growing season as part of DTN's View From the Cab series. (Photos courtesy of Reid Thompson and Ryan Jenkins)

    View From the Cab

    There's a small gap between the 2020 harvest finish and 2021 go-time. Our View From the Cab farmers are using the time to get ready.

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    National Wheat Foundation annual National Wheat Yield Contest results show getting wheat to yield knows no boundaries if intensively managed.

  • Farming has given Walker Brown, a high school senior, a good thing to focus on as activities and events have been disrupted during the past year. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

    Best Blog of the Week

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  • Working to raise a family on the farm and bring real farm stories to life for followers is important to Meredith Bernard, who admits she's as hooked on agriculture as she is on coffee. (Photo courtesy of Meredith Bernard)

    Make Your Farm Voice Heard

    Meredith Bernard finds humor and realism in all aspects of her farm life -- from handling the hay rake to frying up a steak in a cast-iron skillet. She discusses transitioning to farm life and why telling your story matters.