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.

Partly sunny: Short-term forecast for California wine industry
California's wine grape industry is healthy overall but faces many challenges.
Mike Wolf named 'Napa Valley Grower of the Year'
The Napa Valley Grapegrowers selects wine grape producer Mike Wolf as its 2015 Napa Valley Grower of the Year.
Table grape phytosanitary grant extended two years
The California Table Grape Commission receives two additional years of funding through the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops grant program.
Farm machinery demo kicks off Southwest Ag Summit

The 2015 Southwest Ag Summit is underway in Yuma, Ariz thisa week with about 900 folks are gathered to glean information on winter vegetables and other crops grown in the low desert farming regions in Arizona and California.

The summit opened with a field demonstrations with a wide variety of equipemtn and technology...from mechanized lettuce thinners to drone use in agriculture.

Enjoy these photos and informational cutlines.

Leaders sought to help bolster pistachio returns
Western pistachio industry members sought for marketing leadership positions for the Administrative Committee for Pistachios.
ACP quarantine launched in Arizona's Maricopa County
A small area near Gila Bend in southern Maricopa County, Ariz. is now under quarantine for the Asian citrus psyllid.
Stage set for World Ag Expo, Feb. 10-12, Tulare, Calif.
The stage is set for the 2015 World Ag Expo - Feb. 10-12 - at the International Agri-Center show grounds in Tulare, Calif.
Pros-cons of subsurface drip irrigation in western alfalfa
Some alfalfa growers using subsurface drip irrigation report a 2.5-ton- per-acre increase over flood irrigation.
Hoyt predicts lower 2015 western alfalfa hay prices
Western alfalfa growers will likely see lower prices in 2015.
New DPR chloropicrin rules a 'public health safeguard’
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation will soon implement stricter rules on the use of chloropicrin in agriculture to 'better protect those who work and live near treated fields.'
Grants to advance soil health research in strawberries
More than $1 million in state and federal research grants are approved for the California Strawberry Commission to improve soil health.
Arizona’s Sherry Saylor elected AFBF Women’s Chair
Arizona farmer Sherry Saylor is the new chair of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Women’s Leadership Committee.
Franscioni new president of Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Artisans
Wine grape grower Gary Franscioni is new president of the Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Artisans board of directors.
High Cotton Award winners tout family, efficiency, conservation
Five U.S. producers accept the 2015 Farm Press High Cotton Award Jan. 6 during the second day of the Beltwide Cotton Conferences held in San Antonio, Texas.
Trash talk: Contaminated cotton major industry problem
The contamination of cotton from tie downs, plastics from module covers and grocery store bags, oil, grease, and other ‘trash’ picked up during the harvest and ginning processes still remains a significant threat to the U.S. natural fiber industry.
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