Pamela Smith

Crops Technology Editor

Pamela Smith joined DTN/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. An 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 the Weed Science Society of America. She was awarded a national food writing award for her profile of Father Dominic Garramone, a bread-baking priest. Four generations of her family farm in central Illinois.

 

 

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  • Farmers Reid Thompson of Colfax, Illinois, and Ryan Jenkins, of Jay, Florida, reported on crop conditions and agricultural topics throughout the 2020 growing season as part of DTN's View From the Cab series. (Photos courtesy of Reid Thompson and Ryan Jenkins)

    View From the Cab

    There's a small gap between the 2020 harvest finish and 2021 go-time. Our View From the Cab farmers are using the time to get ready.

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    Croplink

    National Wheat Foundation annual National Wheat Yield Contest results show getting wheat to yield knows no boundaries if intensively managed.

  • Farming has given Walker Brown, a high school senior, a good thing to focus on as activities and events have been disrupted during the past year. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

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  • Working to raise a family on the farm and bring real farm stories to life for followers is important to Meredith Bernard, who admits she's as hooked on agriculture as she is on coffee. (Photo courtesy of Meredith Bernard)

    Make Your Farm Voice Heard

    Meredith Bernard finds humor and realism in all aspects of her farm life -- from handling the hay rake to frying up a steak in a cast-iron skillet. She discusses transitioning to farm life and why telling your story matters.

  • Farmers Reid Thompson of Colfax, Illinois, and Ryan Jenkins, of Jay, Florida, have been reporting on crop conditions and agricultural topics throughout the 2020 growing season as part of DTN's View From the Cab series. (Photos courtesy of Reid Thompson and Ryan Jenkins)

    View From the Cab

    This year's View From the Cab farmers have battled a full gamut of seasonal ups and downs, but the love for agriculture remains strong.

  • Soybean cyst nematodes are sneaky -- but costly -- invaders that need to be managed to avoid yield loss, according to University scientists Sam Markell (left) and Greg Tylka (right). (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

    Soybean Invader Steals Yield

    Battling the No. 1 yield threat in soybeans starts with understanding how soybean cyst nematode moves from field to field.

  • North Carolina farmer Will Cox sees big differences in the architecture of soybean varieties he tests, as well as how those varieties respond to inputs. (Progressive Farmer photos by Bodie Kitchel)

    Conquer Your Soybean Costs - 2

    Identifying high-yielding soybeans and how they respond to inputs in on-farm plots is how this farmer pushes soybean yields.

  • Farmers Reid Thompson of Colfax, Illinois, and Ryan Jenkins, of Jay, Florida, are reporting on crop conditions and agricultural topics throughout the 2020 growing season as part of DTN's View From the Cab series. (Photos courtesy of Reid Thompson and Ryan Jenkins)

    View From the Cab

    Weather continues to influence the crop season as our DTN View From the Cab farmers both battle and embrace the elements.

  • (Progressive Farmer image by Pamela Smith)

    Croplink

    Those soybeans that pop from the pod too soon are well-named. Enough premature shedding can be shattering to final yields.

  • Farmers Reid Thompson of Colfax, Illinois, and Ryan Jenkins, of Jay, Florida, are reporting on crop conditions and agricultural topics throughout the 2020 growing season as part of DTN's View From the Cab series. (Photos courtesy of Reid Thompson and Ryan Jenkins)

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