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.

Napa Valley growers harvest high quality grapes
The 2014 Napa Valley wine grape harvest should wrap up the week of Nov. 13 with one of the highest quality crops on record, according to Napa Valley Grapegrowers.
Gallery: University of Arizona's Cooperative Extension centennial salute
The University of Arizona conducts its last of four centennial tributes statewide to the UA Cooperative Extension created 100 years ago by Smith-Lever Act.
Technology brings GMO wheat closer to reality 

This summer, 16 farm organizations in the U.S., Canada, and Australia representing growers and millers issued a trilateral statement confirming support for new innovations in wheat, including the commercialization of biotechnology using genetically-modified organisms (GMOs).

The four U.S. farm groups supporting biotech wheat development include the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), North American Millers’ Association, U.S. Wheat Associates, American Farm Bureau Federation, and National Farmers Union.

Gallery: Another successful year for Calcot cotton co-op
The people and faces at the 2014 Calcot Limited cotton marketing cooperative annual meeting held in Litchfield Park, Ariz. this fall.
2014 Calcot cotton annual a record breaker, maker
Calcot Limited's 2014 cotton marketing cooperative annual meeting was one for the record books as the organization announced the election of new chairman Greg Wuertz, higher to record prices paid to members, and the first female director named in the association’s 87-year history.
Gallery: Spate Farms' raisin grapes, Fresno, Calif.
Changes on the Spate Farms' raisin operation in Fresno, Calif. have improved the economic vitality of the operation.
Changes brew up raisin success for grower Steve Spate
Planting new raisin vines and a new variety, along with pest and disease preventative actions and off-farm employment, spark success for California raisin grape growers Steven and Tracy Spate of Selma.
Farmer-politician Bill Jones talks water, Westside
Westside growers Bill Jones and his nephew Darcy Villere of Firebaugh, Calif. focus on survival tactics through new permanent crop plantings to improve the family farm and offset the effects of zero percent surface water allocations this drought year in the Westlands Water District.
Gallery: J&J Farms changing amid drought, less water
Westside (Calif.) growers Bill Jones and his nephew Darcy Villere focus on survival tactics through new permanent crop plantings to improve the family farm and offset the effects of zero percent surface water allocations this drought year in the Westlands Water District.
Processing tomato tonnage hits record 14M tons
NASS predicts the 2014 contracted production of California processing tomatoes this year is forecast at a record high 14.0 million tons with 48.61 tons per acre average.
Uesugi Farms sings praises of new solar power system
In the first year with a solar energy system installed on fallowed, unusable land, Uesugi Farms in Gilroy, Calif. saved more than $100,000 and offset the operation’s electric bill by more than 90 percent.
New noxious weed found in California processing tomato field
The first U.S. detection of the noxious weed Egyptian broomrape is made in a processing tomato field in Solano County, Calif.
Photos: Strange virus medley this spring in Coachella Valley bell peppers
The 2014 spring cropping season in California's Coachella Valley brought quite a few surprises in the way of virus diseases for bell pepper growers.
California farm groups ‘high-five’ $7.5B water bond
$7.5 billion California water bond measure supported by Western Growers, California Citrus Mutual, and the California Alfalfa & Forage Association.
Grape vine resistance to Pierce's disease within decade

Within the next decade, the results of traditional and laboratory research could begin to remove one of the most ferocious disease threats to California’s grape industry - Pierce’s disease - vectored by the glassy-winged sharpshooter (GWSS) pest.

“We are almost there in bringing to market the first round of solutions for the Pierce’s disease problem,” said Robert Wynn, statewide coordinator for the Pierce’s Disease Control Program administered by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA).

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