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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  • While getting every plant to emerge together is an admirable goal, two to four days is probably more realistic. Keeping a close eye on emergence gives a peek at what yield is possible and the confidence to invest in additional inputs. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Pamela Smith)

    Eye on Emergence

    Yields can spike when corn plants come up together.

  • Storm clouds in the sky give us a visual detection of rain, but turns out it also has a smell. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

    My Head in the Ozone

    Can you smell the rain? Well ... yes, it turns out you can.

  • Zack Rendel allowed us to follow him through the 2017 growing season. (Courtesy photo)

    DTN Blog of the Week

    DECATUR, Ill. (DTN) -- People often ask why I like my job. The question has several answers, but boiled down to the bottom line it is this: I like to talk to and listen to farmers. I always have.

  • 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)

    Volunteers Needed

    Each year since 2005, we have featured farmers throughout the growing season in our View From the Cab series. We are recruiting for 2018.

  • Bayer's Nunhems hybrid seed line represents over 1,200 seed varieties in 25 vegetable crops. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

    More Veggie Tales

    Bayer is now in exclusive talks with BASF on the sale of its entire vegetable seed business.