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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  • Join a select group of farmers in a virtual discussion about what the world looks like from your own personal view of the world. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

    Wanted: A Clear View

    Each year since 2005, we have featured farmers throughout the growing season in our View From the Cab series. We are recruiting for 2017.

  • DuPont and Pioneer will offer both the Xtend trait and a dicamba herbicide for the 2017 season. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

    Another Dicamba Registered

    Another dicamba formulation for use with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend crops has been registered in time for the 2017 growing season.

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    Dicamba Disaster Control

  • Some fields last year showed classic dicamba injury symptoms, but those that had the least visual symptoms sometimes had the most yield losses. (DTN file photo)

    Dicamba Details

    Weed scientists talk about the missteps with dicamba in 2016 and what farmers using new products can expect in 2017.

  • Cotton is very sensitive to 2,4-D, so growers will need to use the right nozzles and observe other spray precautions when using Enlist Duo, says Jonathan Siebert. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Virginia Harris)

    2,4-D Cotton Enabled

    Cotton growers now have the full trait package needed to utilize Dow's Enlist Cotton that provides tolerance to three herbicides.

  • Farmers need to check state labels for additional spray requirements as they head into the coming season. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

    Dicamba Details

    State labels can surpass federal herbicide label requirements, and at least one is lowering the boom on how it can be sprayed.

  • (DTN illustration by Nick Scalise)

    DTN's Top 10 Ag News Stories of 2016

    DTN's No. 7 top ag news story of 2016 is how dicamba herbicide captured headlines throughout the 2016 season as acres of crops tolerant to the herbicide were planted without a registered dicamba-based herbicide to use over the...

  • Specific nozzles that create very course droplets are part of the requirements to use new dicamba herbicides designed for the Xtend crop system. (DTN photo by Jim Patrico)

    More Dicamba Options

    Another in-crop option for use with dicamba-tolerant crops has become available. The lower-volatility formulation will still need special spray tactics.