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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  • The long list of spray requirements to use dicamba herbicides continues to grow as some states fine tune labels for the coming spray season. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

    Spraying Gets Specific

    Arkansas legislators tell state regulators to revise proposed limits on dicamba use; other states set spray limitations that exceed new federal labels on the herbicide.

  • There's a long list of requirements for spray applicators intending to use certain dicamba formulations for the coming season. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

    Back to School on Dicamba

    New labels require every private and commercial applicator be trained on proper use of dicamba products if they want to spray in 2018.

  • Missouri growers will have to park sprayers if they are loaded with dicamba after certain spray dates. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

    Dicamba Spray Dates

    A special label will alter the dates of dicamba application for Missouri farmers and varies depending on where they live in the state.

  • Members of the Arkansas State Plant Board sit before a mountain of paper containing information supplied by Monsanto in support of dicamba herbicide. It didn't sway the board which voted to limit in-season use of the herbicide. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

    More Dicamba Decisions

    The Arkansas State Plant Board voted Wednesday to approve regulatory changes that would prohibit most in-season uses of dicamba herbicide.

  • The Arkansas State Plant Board will contemplate serious restrictions on dicamba Wednesday at a hearing that is expected to draw many voices. The Pesticide Committee of the Plant Board is shown meeting in September. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

    Public Hearing Heartburn

    The Arkansas State Plant Board is meeting Nov. 8 to decide a measure to severely limit the use of dicamba herbicides in row-crop production in 2018, including the proposal to establish an April 15 cutoff date for the controversial...

  • This is how Tom Burrus (center) approached life -- gung ho and smiling -- even in the face of drought, which was evident in their seed fields in 2012 when this photo was taken. His brother Todd, and son-in-law, Tim Greene are standing alongside. (DTN photo by Pam Smith)

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  • By late summer, Travis Albin already had his hopes set high for a big soybean yield. His scouting spotted four-bean pods in his high-yield plot that averaged 85 bushels per acre this fall. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

    Soybean Yield Lessons

    Villa Grove, Illinois, young farmer Travis Albin spent a good share of his summer with his nose in the rows of his soybean test plots, sniffing for any hint of what inputs and production practices might treat him to more overall yield.

  • Another weed control technology heads to the field this spring, but under a strict stewardship agreement with ADM. The Enlist E3 trait does not yet have all of the import approvals needed for it to enter some export channels. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer file photo)

    Bean Trait News

    Dow AgroSciences and ADM plan to collaborate to bring Enlist E3 soybeans to the field in 2018.

  • , Liam Condon, said the current farm economy is volatile, but the company remains committed to its plan to purchase Monsanto, despite a request for more time on the deal. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

    Bayer Requests Extension

    German-based Bayer announced Tuesday that it has asked for an extension on its acquisition of Monsanto.