Pam Smith

Crops Technology Editor

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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  • This year, farmers in Iowa, Illinois and Indiana have battled a mixed bag of weather conditions with some drought continuing to linger in a few hot spots. You can find an interactive version of this map here: https://app.gro-intelligence.com/#/displays/26364 (Map Courtesy of Gro Intelligence)

    DTN Digital Yield Tour 2018- IA, IL, IN

    The I-states look to have a big crop in the hopper despite pockets of stress and some rocky starts, but maybe not as big as USDA thinks.

  • Farmers Genny Haun, Kenton, Ohio, and Kyle Krier, Claflin, Kansas, are reporting in on crop conditions and agricultural topics throughout the 2018 growing season as part of DTN's View From the Cab series.

    View From the Cab

    Sweet corn, county fairs and crop reports are on DTN View From the Cab farmers' radar this week.

  • The issue of dicamba has become a sensitive topic with many voices adding to the discussion. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

    Dicamba Decision Time

    A difficult decision looms for the Environmental Protection Agency as registrations for dicamba herbicides used with tolerant crops face a critical deadline.

  • Farmers Genny Haun, Kenton, Ohio, and Kyle Krier, Claflin, Kansas, are reporting in on crop conditions and agricultural topics throughout the 2018 growing season as part of DTN's View From the Cab series.

    View From the Cab

    Crop prospects are looking good for DTN's View From the Cab participants, but there are still some potential threats on the horizon.

  • Our weekly reports highlight the many activities on the farm. Genny Haun reports in from Kenton, Ohio, and Kyle Krier details farm life from Claflin, Kansas. (Photos courtesy of Genny Haun and Kyle Krier)

    View From the Cab

    This week, DTN asked our View From the Cab correspondents to comment on what has been challenging for them so far this season.

  • A new pest called soybean gall midge is causing losses in parts of Iowa and Nebraska this year. (Photo Courtesy of Wayne Martin)

    New Soybean Threat

    A tiny little fly is digging into soybean stems and causing misery for some Iowa soybean producers. Keep your eyes open for soybean gall midge while scouting.

  • Many corn stalks will send extra roots from a node or nodes above the soil surface. The question of what they actually do for the plant is a question that has never been answered. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

    Crop Production Blog

    Those funky fingers called brace roots are being called into question. Do they really help stabilize the corn plant or are they a burden?

  • Genny Haun and Kyle Krier represent the new crop of agriculturalists. They stepped up to welcome readers into their homes and onto their farms this season. (Photo courtesy of Genny Haun and Kyle Krier)

    View From the Cab

    From threats of water quality legislation to weed worries, there's no shortage of mid-season concerns for View From the Cab farmers this season.

  • Genny Haun and Kyle Krier represent the new crop of agriculturalists. They stepped up to welcome readers into their homes and onto their farms this season. (Photo courtesy of Genny Haun and Kyle Krier)

    View From the Cab

    Warm days and warm nights have DTN's View From the Cab growers watching the crop closely and planning future moves.

  • Genny Haun and Kyle Krier represent the new crop of agriculturalists. They stepped up to welcome readers into their homes and onto their farms this season. (Photo courtesy of Genny Haun and Kyle Krier)

    View From the Cab

    The crops are up and growing fast, but questions of prioritizing activities and work continue to creep up for DTN's View From the Cab correspondents.

  • A series of soil health summer field days are planned to help farmers get a first-hand look at adopting new practices. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

    Dig Into Soil Health

    Summer field days give a first-hand look at what the soil health movement is about.

  • Genny Haun and Kyle Krier represent a new crop of agriculturalists. DTN is following them throughout the 2018 crop season. (Photo courtesy of Genny Haun and Kyle Krier)

    View From the Cab

    DTN's View From the Cab correspondents talk about patriotism and crops and looking for a few moments to dodge the heat on this most American of holidays.

  • Our weekly View From the Cab reports highlight the many activities on the farm during the season. Genny Haun reports in from Kenton, Ohio, and Kyle Krier details farm life from Claflin, Kansas. (Photos by Genny Haun and Kyle Krier)

    View From the Cab

    Wheat harvest and spraying on hold as DTN's View From the Cab farmers duck in and out of the showers.

  • Our weekly View From the Cab reports highlight the many activities on the farm during the season. Genny Haun reports in from Kenton, Ohio, and Kyle Krier details farm life from Claflin, Kansas. (Photos courtesy of Genny Haun and Kyle Krier)

    View From the Cab

    The thermometers may be teasing with triple-digit temperatures, but the wheat is ready and fields need sprayed in this week's report from DTN's View From the Cab farmers, Genny Haun from Kenton, Ohio, and Kyle Krier, from Claflin...

  • Our weekly View From the Cab reports highlight the many activities on the farm during the season. Genny Haun reports in from Kenton, Ohio, and Kyle Krier details farm life from Claflin, Kansas. (Photos courtesy of Genny Haun and Kyle Krier)

    View From the Cab

    Farm, family and a little fun are on the agenda for DTN's View From the Cab farmers, Genny Haun from Kenton, Ohio, and Kyle Krier from Claflin, Kansas.

  • Our weekly View From the Cab reports highlight the many activities on the farm during the season. Genny Haun reports in from Kenton, Ohio, and Kyle Krier details farm life from Claflin, Kansas. (Photos courtesy of Genny Haun and Kyle Krier)

    View From the Cab

    Now that the crop is in the ground, the rain dances have begun for our DTN's View From the Cab farmers, Genny Haun from Kenton, Ohio, and Kyle Krier from Claflin, Kansas.

  • Our weekly View From the Cab reports highlight the many activities on the farm during the season. Genny Haun reports in from Kenton, Ohio, and Kyle Krier details farm life from Claflin, Kansas. (Photos courtesy of Genny Haun and Kyle Krier)

    View From the Cab

    The heat was on during Memorial Day to get planting operations finished before it rained on the parade for DTN's View From the Cab farmers, Genny Haun from Kenton, Ohio, and Kyle Krier from Claflin, Kansas.

  • Our weekly reports highlight the many activities on the farm. Genny Haun reports in from Kenton, Ohio, and Kyle Krier details farm life and work from Claflin, Kansas. (Photos courtesy of Genny Haun and Kyle Krier)

    View From the Cab

    The kids don't have to ask why you are tired at the end of the day when they work beside you. Not all chores involve fieldwork either. Our View From the Cab weekly correspondents Genny Haun from Kenton, Ohio, and Kyle Krier...