Roy Roberson

Associate Editor,
Southeast Farm Press

James R. (Roy) Roberson began his career in agricultural communications as an assistant editor of agricultural research and teaching in Auburn University’s College of Agriculture and Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station. When he retired from Auburn University in 2004, he was head of the agricultural communications program at Auburn and assistant director of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station. Between stints at Auburn University, Roberson worked for several years as an account manager for Fletcher/Mayo and Associates, which at that time was the largest agricultural marketing and public relations company in the U.S. He also worked for nearly five years as Southeast marketing and public relations coordinator for Swanson-Rollheiser-Holland, an Omaha, Nebraska-based agricultural advertising and public relations company. In addition to his current position on the editorial staff of Southeast Farm Press, Roberson is former editor and publisher of Southern Pulp and Paper Magazine and was part of the team that created the Atlanta-based Southeast edition of Ad Week. Roberson grew up in rural east Alabama and earned bachelor and masters degrees in journalism and mass communication from Auburn University.

no-till soybean field
Space soybean seed properly to maximize yield potential
With more than half the soybeans in the upper Southeast planted double-crop in 2013, many growers are planning how they can avoid a repeat performance this year of the rain-plagued, late-planted conventional and double-crop beans they dealt with last season.
John Shepherd
Cover crops a key component on John Shepherd’s farm
John Shepherd is a staunch believer in the ‘never till’ concept, and a big part of his southwest Virginia farming operation is based on keeping his fields green year-round by incorporating cover crops into his management program.
2012 cotton crop - record-breaking, heart-breaking
During the recent Beltwide Cotton Conferences several industry experts gave recaps of the 2012 cotton crop, and the consensus was that last year’s crop was record-breaking in some parts of the Cotton Belt and heartbreaking in other areas.
King Cotton and Prince Peanut expecting tough times in 2013
Cotton and peanuts have traditionally been among crop royalty in the South. Historically, if cotton is to be called king, surely peanuts would be the crown prince, but both are likely to face severe challenges for acreage in the upcoming 2013 planting season.
Beltwide Cotton Conferences end in San Antonio
The 58th annual Beltwide Cotton Conferences have concluded in San Antonio, Texas, marking an end of the annual program in its current form.
Linwood Vick - 2013 Southeast High Cotton Winner
He’s the quintessential modern day, young farmer: cell phone in one hand, explaining tobacco harvesting instructions in Spanish, and office phone in the other, explaining spraying information for cotton in English.
Temporary farm bill leaves many farmers on-the-cliff
While the majority of tax-paying Americans avoided going over the proverbial ‘fiscal cliff’ as 2013 came to life, most farmers are left wondering what the nine-month extension to the 2008 farm bill will really bring for them in the upcoming cropping year.
Making right decisions on seed, planting key to soybean profits
High soybean prices and record wheat plantings across the Southeast indicate more soybeans will be planted in the region this coming spring. Making good decisions at planting time may be the best way to insure profit at harvest time.
Crop moisture index built on sensor
Cotton Incorporated and the USDA have combined to study a high tech, real time system of monitoring soil moisture that will provide much more accurate production information for official variety testing programs around the country — and it could provide valuable data for growers further down the road.
Asia's strong growth benefit to U.S. agriculture
Most Americans think of Vietnam as the under-developed, small Southeast Asia country that fought France and later the U.S. to a standstill now four decades ago.
Bud Bowers: Peanut Profitability Award
Finding a good crop to grow in harmony with cotton was an ongoing challenge for Luray, S.C., grower Bud Bowers, but a decade or so ago he found a near perfect match: peanuts.
Peanut profit: irrigation top key
irrigation comes in at No. 1 in the list of Top 10 Keys to Peanut Profitability.
Reduced-tillage, precision farming two more keys to peanut profits
Reduced-tillage comes in at No. 8 and precision farming is listed as the No. 7 key to peanut profitability in the Southeast.
$2 dollar cotton gone but not forgotten
Two dollar a pound cotton is now in the past, but its influence worldwide continues to drive the price, the demand for cotton products and the planting intentions of farmers worldwide.
Vilsack: ‘Pass farm bill now’

 “America needs a farm bill, and we need it now,” said Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, speaking to a record breaking group of grain farmers at the Commodity Classic in Nashville, Tenn.

Sec. Vilsack elaborated that all Americans, not just U.S. farmers, need a farm program and that getting a viable program in place will further help agriculture to aid the recovery of the U.S. economy.

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