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.

A lygus nymph captured with digital equipment.
Photos: Digital technology delivers faster insect ID
New digital imagery - including Smartphones, SLR cameras, and hand-held microscopes - help pest control advisers and growers identify damaging insects faster and thereby apply timely applications of insecticides to reduce crop damage from the pest.
California’s Roy Motter new U.S. Wheat Associates' chair
Ray Motter, Brawley, Calif. wheat producer, is the new chairman of U.S. Wheat Associates.
Ag groups support commercialized biotech wheat 
Sixteen organizations of producers and millers in the U.S., Australia, and Canada have pledged support for the commercialization of biotechnology in wheat.
Arizona grape-wine industries spur growth, respect 
Arizona grape growers like the state's geographical advantages for fruit production and along with affordable land and available water.
Photos: Arizona grape-wine industries on fast track
Arizona’s young grape and wine industries are gaining quick favor due to geographical advantages including affordable land and available water.
K.C. Gingg new Arizona Cotton Growers' president
Arizona cotton grower K.C. Gingg of Tolleson is the new president of the Arizona Cotton Growers Association.
Lucky 7 key to alfalfa success, human existence
One of the top ways to ensure good alfalfa quality and high yields is making sure the soil pH is seven.
Photos: Keys to reduce alfalfa problems in the West
One of the top ways to ensure good alfalfa quality and high yields is making sure the soil pH is seven.
Students of vineyard employees receive college scholarships 
Seven high school seniors will receive a total of $25,000 in college scholarships through the California Wine Grape Growers Foundation (CWGGF).
DPR accepting 2014 IPM Innovator Award nominations

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation is now accepting for nominees for its 2014 Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Innovator Awards.

DPR’s The awards are designed to recognize operations employing pest management systems based on scientific principles of IPM.

Grapes in the diet linked to improved eye health 
New research suggests that consistent grape consumption may improve eye health by protecting the retina from deterioration.
California's Earl Williams receives cotton ginners' award
California's Earl Williams receives the National Cotton Ginners Association’s 2013-2014 Distinguished Service Award.
Crop protection industry sales up 8.2 percent in 2013
The U.S. crop protection industry remained strong in 2013, posting an 8.2 percent increase over the previous year.
Western Growers lauds Drought Relief Act passage
Western Growers commends Senate passage of Emergency Drought Relief Act passage.
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.
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