Pam Smith

Crops Technology Editor
Pam Smith

Pamela Smith joined DTN/The 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. A life-long 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 was awarded a national food writing award for her profile of Father Dominic Garramone, a bread-baking priest. Five generations of her family farm in central Illinois -- spanning ages of 101 years to 6 months.

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  • Jill Lambert knew that if she was going to make farming her profession, she had to be more than a tractor driver. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Pamela Smith)

    New Faces of Ag - 6

    Life balances when work and farm combine.

  • Soybean producers are divided by issues swirling around herbicide drift. In this field of Illinois soybeans, a test strip of Xtend soybeans (left) withstood the off-target movement of dicamba from a neighboring field, while the sensitive crop was puckered and cupped one-half mile into the field. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

    DTN Blog of the Week

    The issue of herbicide movement onto sensitive crops is everyone's concern. Agriculture needs to step up and own it.

  • Symptoms of dicamba injury have caused states to take a harder line on applications of low volatility dicamba formulations. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

    Missouri Dicamba Ban Released

    The Missouri Department of Agriculture has released the stop sale, use or removal order on herbicides approved for Xtend trait system.

  • This non-GMO soybean field in Illinois is showing the characteristic puckering and curling associated with exposure to dicamba herbicide. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

    Tennessee Sets Dicamba Rules

    Dicamba continues to be a hot topic as symptoms begin to show in other states. Weed scientists are skeptical that applicators can meet proposed additional label restrictions.

  • This soybean field in Illinois is showing symptoms of off-target movement of a new formulation of dicamba that was sprayed in a neighboring field. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

    Dicamba Debate Continues

    Dicamba continues to be a hot topic as symptoms begin to show in other states. Weed scientists are skeptical that applicators can meet proposed additional label restrictions.

  • Complaints claiming misuse or drift of dicamba herbicide continue to mount in Arkansas. (Graphic courtesy of the Arkansas Agriculture Department)

    Arkansas Dicamba Ban Update

    After a procedural error earlier in the week, the Arkansas State Plant Board on Friday voted to recommend a temporary ban on the use of dicamba.

  • Rigid spray requirements and additional training haven't been enough to keep dicamba from drifting onto neighboring crops and sensitive plants in Arkansas. The state is contemplating further restrictions on use of the herbicide. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

    Dicamba Drama

    Arkansas sidestepped banning dicamba for the rest of the growing season Tuesday, but a voting error pulls the question back up again on Friday.

  • More cupped up soybeans are causing the state of Arkansas to consider drawing a harder line on use of dicamba in-season. (Photo courtesy of Aaron Hager)

    More Dicamba Decisions

    The Arkansas Plant Board meets Tuesday to weigh a proposal that would ban further post-emergence applications of dicamba on soybean and cotton this season.

  • Cupping symptoms are the first sign that sensitive soybeans may have been exposed to dicamba herbicide. Yield losses depend on the dose and soybeans hit in the reproductive stage typically suffer more. (Photo by Aaron Hager)

    All Puckered Up

    Soybeans showing the cupping symptoms associated with dicamba damage have been identified in several states, and weed scientists are calling for applicators to take more care in spraying the herbicide.

  • Palmer amaranth can grow up to 2 inches per day, so the 4-inch weed height cutoff for Xtend technology makes for a narrow spray window. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

    Scout Weeds Now

    Wet, windy conditions have made spray windows tight this spring, but weed size still matters.