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.

California processing tomato tonnage climbs 17 percent
California tomato processors expect to sign grower contracts for 14.0 million tons of processing tomatoes this year.
California walnut industry renews critical referendum 
First-ever California walnut continuation referendum yields whopping 90-percent-plus grower-handler yes votes.
Ag meteorologist predicts wet monsoon, winter in West
Drought continues to sizzle Arizona and California agriculture as summer settles in but weather experts forecast possible wet weather on the horizon.
Photos: Wet monsoon, winter forecasts in West, Southwest
University of Arizona agricultural meteorologist Paul Brown says current long-range weather forecasts suggest a warm weather bias this summer along with a possible above-normal monsoon precipitation followed by a potentially wet El Niño winter in the West.
UCCE posts viticulture jobs for Fresno, Madera counties
The University of California Cooperative Extension is accepting applications through July 7 for viticulture advisor positions in Fresno and Madera counties.
Variety innovation driving table grape industry forward
The California table grape industry is growing with continued profitability in its crosshairs.
Research funding essential to keep honey bees abuzz
Honey bees pollinate about 140 crops - representing one out of every three bites of food we consume.
Photos: Honey bee research crucial to agriculture's future
More funding is needed to support expanded research for the U.S. honey bee industry. Honey bees pollinate about 140 crops - in fact, one out of every three bites we consume.
Photos - 2014 ASFMRA Arizona Ag Forum
Among the top prized farm commodities in Arizona this past growing season included lemons and wine grapes.
Lemons, wine grapes big winners in Arizona 2
Arizona members of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers hear an optimistic economic review for Arizona crops last year, plus a mostly bullish forecast for the 2014 crop year, despite tightening water availability.
Crop development in high gear in California, Arizona
With the summer months just a stone’s throw away, crop growers in California and Arizona are farming at full throttle the 350-plus commodities grown in the two-state area.
Photos - Thermal, Calif. date farm switches to 100 percent surface drip
California date palm grower David Kohl is adapting production practices used by Israeli date grower Moshe Kirat, including 100 percent surface drip irrigation.
International cooperation advances drip irrigation for western date grower
Israeli date growers Moshe and Smadar Kirat are sharing their successful date-growing techniques with California date palm grower David Kohl of La Quinta Date Farm in Thermal, Calif.
Growers can win pistachio disease shootout at O.K. Corral
Effective cultural measures and fungicide use can help control diseases in pistachio trees, says Themis Michailides, Univeristy of California, Davis.
Faces - 2014 American Pistachio Growers Conference
About 830 growers, processors, and other pistachio industry members gather for the 2014 American Pistachio Growers Conference. The event included a production breakout session where four University of California, Davis specialists discussed pistachio diseases, pests, and ways to plant a better western pistachio orchard.
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