Roy Roberson

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.

Articles
High Cotton: Mike Griffin
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Future farming challenges
The crop of 2009 will go down as one of the most trying on record for Southern farmers — how trying depends on cropping
Variable rate irrigation
A late night phone call to Luray, S.C., farmer Bud Bowers usually means one of his 10 Valley irrigation pivots has shut
EPA changes may cost farmers
The early months of the Obama administration have been dominated by dealing with the recession, health care and
Variable rate nitrogen
Tests at Clemson University indicate variable rate application of side-dress nitrogen on cotton can save growers 30-50
High-yield, high-quality peanuts
Producing 5,700 pounds of peanuts per acre is just part of the success story of Suffolk, Va., farmer John Crumpler —
2008 over-supply, salmonella problems for peanut growers
Peanut butter contaminated with salmonella has made national news and will no doubt affect the 2009 growing season.
Potash most volatile '09 fertilizer input
Compared to nitrogen and phosphorus, potassium is harder to find, harder to process and less available on a global
Fertilizer efficiency critical part of 2009
The cost and availability of fertilizer took an unprecedented roller coaster ride in 2008, leaving many farmers
For Southern farmers Long-term credit could be problem
There are two kinds of economist making forecasts these days, those who don't know and those who don't know they don't
Best advice: Just do what you do best for 2009
When to buy seed and fertilizer, even lower cost diesel fuel, has left many farmers in the South in a gridlock over
Southern agriculture facing water management crises
Many areas of the Southeast found out the hard way the damage that can be done when the drought of the century occurs.
Tackled pigweed early Grower battling herbicide resistance
T.G. Gibson is a life-long farmer and a good one. Being a good farmer, having a degree in agriculture from North
Peanut Profitability Award McElveen adapts farm plan to change
Armed with a degree in history and love for sports, William McElveen set out early in life to teach and coach. Several
Increasing production Light interception key to corn yields
Corn acreage nationwide reached 50-year records in 2007, and the Southeast was no exception. The dramatic drop in
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