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.

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.
Faster method to detect farm problems takes flight 1
The GeoBlu Explorer is an unmanned aerial vehicle which can help farmers track down problems in crop fields and on livestock operations.
Photos: GeoBlu Explorer detects crop problems
The GeoBlu Explorer is an unmanned aerial vehicle which can help growers detect problems in farm fields.
Photos - 2014 American Pistachio Growers Convention
Take a peek! Smiling folks having fun at the 2014 American Pistachio Growers Conference at Coronado Island, Calif.
Western pistachio industry strong as a bull, for now
The forecast for the western pistachio industry is good. The top challenge is the worsening drought.
Discussing the new 2014 farm law are Arizona cotton grower Adam Hatley, left,
Farm law cotton provision draws mixed reviews in West
The provisions in the new federal farm law could be a good fit for many of the nation’s cotton producers but a mixed bag in the West.
Photos - NCC farm bill meeting draws large Arizona crowd
The National Cotton Council provides details of the 2014 federal farm law with about 75 Arizona cotton growers and industry members.
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