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
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).

Photo Gallery: Solutions for Pierce's disease in grapes
Within the next decade, results of traditional and laboratory research could begin to remove one of the most ferocious disease threats to California’s wine grape industry - Pierce’s disease vectored by the glassy-winged sharpshooter pest.
China re-opens door to California fresh citrus 
China’s doors re-opened Aug. 5 for imports of California citrus for at least two years.
Photo Gallery: Allied Grape Growers annual meetings
Grape leader Jeff Bitter says the California wine industry overall is purring like a well-tuned engine, yet beware of continued bumps in the road from foreign competition, alternative beverages, and rising input costs.
California wine industry strong despite bumps in road
Grape leader Jeff Bitter says the California wine industry overall is purring like a well-tuned engine, yet beware of bumps in the road including foreign competition, alternative beverages, and rising input costs.
‘Thumbs up’ to walnut marketing order continuation
California walnut growers renew federal marketing order by 90-plus percent yes margin.
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