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.

Higher yields as Arizona wine grape harvest nears
The 2014 Arizona wine grape harvest is a few weeks away and higher yields were expected at press time..
August vote for California Wheat Commission growers
Involvement in the California Wheat Commission allows producers to help determine the commission's program and budget priorities.
Carter new California Wheat Commission lab director 

The Milling and Baking Quality Lab at the California Wheat Commission (CWC) has a new director - only the second one in more than 20 years of operation.

Claudia Carter, who recently earned her Master’s degree in cereal science from North Dakota State University (NDSU), assumed the position June 16.

In addition to her strong educational background, Carter spent two years working in the durum quality lab at NDSU.

Two pink bollworm insects causing destruction inside a cotton boll.
Pink bollworm eradication in cotton in 2017?
“I believe that we have accomplished (pink bollworm) eradication,” says Clyde Sharp, an Arizona cotton grower and one of many western Cotton Belt leaders who have worked so eradicate the "pinkie."
Photos: Pink bollworm eradication in cotton by 2017?
The western Cotton Belt, (California, Arizona, New Mexico, and West Texas) are in year one of the four year pink-bollworm eradication stage.
European grapevine moth trapped in Sonoma County 
A single male European grapevine moth detected in a vineyard trap in western Sonoma County, Calif.
Cotton’s front burner - China, farm law, supply-demand, weather
The latest views on the U.S. and global cotton industries from three of the nation’s cotton leaders.
California Bartlett pear crop slightly smaller this year
The 2014 California Bartlett pear crop could total more than 2.6 million, 36-pound packages statewide, down slightly from the four-year average crop size of 2.9 million packages.
Photos: Western cotton industry huddles for news, camaraderie
Members of the Arizona and California cotton industries gather for the latest news on fiber and dinnertime camaraderie during the 2014 Arizona Cotton Industry Meeting held in Flagstaff, Ariz. in June.
California sweet cherry production drops 63 percent 
California sweet cherry production falls 63 percent.
Revised license rules attract PCA candidates in Arizona
Arizona leaders collaborate to fine tune Arizona pest control adviser licensing program.
Photos: PCAs gather for busy Desert Ag Conference
From digital tools to insects to bringing new pest control advisers into the fold, the 2014 Desert Ag Conference held in Chandler, Ariz. offered a helping helping of information to help PCAs become more informed and efficient.
Dowdle earns California 'Ginner of the Year' award
Rosemarie Dowdle, manager of the Tri-City Growers Gin in Terra Bela, Calif., is the California Cotton Ginners Association’s (CCGA) 2014 Ginner of the Year.
Digital imagery speeds up insect identification for PCAs
Digital imagery speeds up insect identification for PCAs, growers.
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.
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