Cary Blake

Cary
Blake
Associate Editor,
Western Farm Press

Cary Blake, associate editor with Western Farm Press, has 32 years experience as an agricultural journalist. Blake covered Midwest agriculture for 25 years on a statewide farm radio network and through television stories that blanketed the nation.
 
Blake travelled West in 2003. Today he reports on production agriculture in Arizona and California. He also covers New Mexico and West Texas agriculture for Southwest Farm Press.
 
Blake is a native Mississippian, graduate of Mississippi State University, and a former Christmas tree grower.

Articles
Season-long whitefly management essential in cotton

Excess sugars from insects are nothing new to the cotton industry. While it rarely occurs, the impact can threaten economic viability and product reliability across the fiber chain.

Most cotton growers and pest managers perform yeoman’s work to prevent high sugar levels. Yet, it can take just one or two people not quite thorough enough in cotton management to result in a problem issue and possibly create problems for many people across a cotton-growing region.

Asian citrus psyllid.
Maricopa, Yavapai counties (Ariz.) in citrus quarantine
The new citrus quarantine area now covers 22,706 square miles in Arizona.
Killian new Arizona Department of Agriculture director

Mark Killian was appointed by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey April 10 as the new director of the Arizona Department of Agriculture (ADA).

Killian succeeds retired ADA director Don Butler.

In announcing the state’s new agriculture chief, Governor Ducey said, “Mark brings decades of unique public service and private sector experience, and his extensive and successful background in farming and ranching will be hugely valuable in this role. He’s a welcome addition to this department and our administration.”

Precision agriculture opens research doors in pecan, other crops
UA weed scientist Bill McCloskey wants to tap precision agriculture technology to help reduce the weed population in fields, plus reduce the number of herbicide treatments and field passes.
Photos: International Spinach Conference, Yuma, Ariz.
Spinach specialists from around the world attend the International Spinach Conference in Yuma, Ariz.
Record 2014 for California processing tomato industry
"This is great news for the California processing tomato industry," says Mike Montna.
Cotton acreage decline more ‘permanent’ in California than Arizona
Cotton acreage decline more ‘permanent’ in California than Arizona
Partly sunny: Short-term forecast for California wine industry
California's wine grape industry is healthy overall but faces many challenges.
Mike Wolf named 'Napa Valley Grower of the Year'
The Napa Valley Grapegrowers selects wine grape producer Mike Wolf as its 2015 Napa Valley Grower of the Year.
Table grape phytosanitary grant extended two years
The California Table Grape Commission receives two additional years of funding through the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops grant program.
Farm machinery demo kicks off Southwest Ag Summit

The 2015 Southwest Ag Summit is underway in Yuma, Ariz thisa week with about 900 folks are gathered to glean information on winter vegetables and other crops grown in the low desert farming regions in Arizona and California.

The summit opened with a field demonstrations with a wide variety of equipemtn and technology...from mechanized lettuce thinners to drone use in agriculture.

Enjoy these photos and informational cutlines.

Leaders sought to help bolster pistachio returns
Western pistachio industry members sought for marketing leadership positions for the Administrative Committee for Pistachios.
ACP quarantine launched in Arizona's Maricopa County
A small area near Gila Bend in southern Maricopa County, Ariz. is now under quarantine for the Asian citrus psyllid.
Stage set for World Ag Expo, Feb. 10-12, Tulare, Calif.
The stage is set for the 2015 World Ag Expo - Feb. 10-12 - at the International Agri-Center show grounds in Tulare, Calif.
Pros-cons of subsurface drip irrigation in western alfalfa
Some alfalfa growers using subsurface drip irrigation report a 2.5-ton- per-acre increase over flood irrigation.
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