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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    View From the Cab

    Crops, cows, conservation practices and kids keep life lively on this Dayton, Iowa farm that DTN is following for this season's View From the Cab series.

  • Ryan Wieck will be sharing insights on the growing season and life for DTN's View From the Cab project from the Texas Panhandle farm he shares with wife, Cathy, and daughters, Charleigh (left) and Callie (right). (Photo courtesy of Aubry Heinrich)

    View From the Cab

    Our 2021 View From the Cab participant raises crops, cows and kids on his great-grandparents' Texas homestead.

  • A narrow-row corn crop gets hungry, and Wallis Farms uses sidedressing to meet the yield goals of each field. (Mary Ann Carter)

    Lessons of 20-Inch Rows

    Two decades of shaving row widths serves up lessons in Indiana.

  • Those baby soybeans that are just emerging could be headed for a few cold nights this week. (DTN/Progressive Farmer file photo by Gregg Hillyer)

    Weather Gives Planting Cold Shoulder

    Cold weather could threaten crops already planted, and agronomists are suggesting farmers take a wait-and-see approach to further planting for the next few days.

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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

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