Harry Cline

Western Farm Press

Harry's 33-year journalism career covers both daily newspapers and agricultural magazines. He was Western Farm Press' first editor and has more than 25 years of experience covering all aspects of high value, irrigated Western agriculture. He is a former member of the California Chapter of the American Society of Agronomy executive council and recipient of the 1993 recipient California Agricultural Production Consultants Association's Outstanding Contribution to California Agriculture. Born 7-7-43, Jacksonville, Fla. Raised in Texas where he attended the University of Texas. Worked for newspapers in Texas and Arizona before moving to California in 1975 to begin career as Western agricultural journalist. Received awards for feature writing and headline writing from Arizona Press Club. Married: 2 children, three grandchildren. Lives in Fresno, Calif. Contact Cline at Western Farm Press, 7084 Cedar Avenue, No. 355, Fresno, CA 93720. Phone (559) 298-6070. Fax (913) 514-3641.

46th World Ag Expo opens doors Feb. 12-14, in Tulare
Make sure your rubber boots are in the pickup. It’s almost time for the “Tulare farm show.” Officially known as World Ag Expo, the 46th running of the agricultural event of the winter opens its three-day stretch Feb. 12 at the International Agri-Center in Tulare, Calif.
Honey bee losses defy solitary explanations 25
Opinions number almost as many as there are bees in a hive as to why the bee population in North America has declined almost 50 percent over the past two decades while at the same time the bee population is increasing elsewhere in the world.
Bayer focusing on fruit, vegetable production 1
Fruits and vegetable products account for more than a fourth of Bayer CropScience’s agricultural business and the multi-national corporations aims to double that area within the next decade.
Far West High Cotton winner committed to finding better ways 4
Producer Chad Crivelli, Dos Palos, Calif., is part of a new generation of farmers who are implementing practices that promote good stewardship, protecting the water, air and soil of California.
U.S. cotton in market recovery mode
California’s cotton growers were told that the industry hangover will remain for at least another marketing season. It would bode well for other California commodities to learn from what happened to cotton when prices crammed farmers’ bank accounts at very high long-term consequences.
Vegetable Future Forum under way in Germany — photo gallery 1
Western Farm Press editor Harry Cline is in Germany and the Netherlands for the Vegetable Future Forum sponsored by Bayer CropScience. The forum brings together growers from California, Georgia and Canada to hear presentations about the future of world vegetable production.
Risk management takes on different meaning in California
With as many as 400 different crops from which to choose, risk management in California starts with diversification. If the demand for hay is lost because of problems in the dairy industry, where does that leave alfalfa? California’s dairy industry strongly influences row crop farming in California. Cotton is hanging in there, but California acreage is expected to take another sharp dip in 2013.
Rods in Ag: Red ’52 Chevy-Ford beast
Rod House's latest creation, a cherry and very hot 1952 Chevy hardtop, is Western Farm Press’ first “Rods in Ag” feature ride. On our website we will be featuring cars and pickups built by men and women who work in agriculture.
Rod House's Red ’52 Chevy-Ford beast — photo gallery 5
Rod House and his wife live on a small almond orchard in Clovis, Calif., where there’s plenty of room to pursue his passion for cars. Several years ago he found his ’52 Hardtop Deluxe as a stock driver. It was just like his first high school ride. However, after several years he decided to turn it into an unconventional Ford/Chevy rumbling beast that ran an 11:624 at 116 mph in the quarter mile test and tune at Famoso last spring. “It was a major rush. It does get the old 70-year-old heart pumping,” says House.
Nice Rides in Ag — photo gallery 1
If you have a nice ride you’d like to see featured at westernfarmpress.com, send me (hcline@farmpress.com) a half dozen or so nice photos (preferably in a farm setting) of your ride with a brief description of the vehicle and tell me a little about what you do in agriculture. We might even hold the very first on-line car show with a trophy going to the best featured car of 2013. Car guys love trophies. We spend thousands to earn them.
California citrus growers schooling on Florida for coming HLB war 1
It is only a matter of time until many more California trees are infected with citrus greening disease and a full-scale war breaks out to contain the spread. Citrus greening cost Florida growers $331 million annually from 2006 through 2011. An estimated 8,257 jobs were lost in Florida due to greening during that period. A solution may hinge on genetically modified citrus trees, which would be a challenge to educate consumers on due to the highly charged anti-GMO atmosphere.
Photos — Citrus disease war coming to California 1
It is only a question of time until many California trees are infected with citrus greening disease (HLB) and a full-scale war is waged to contain further spread.
California raisin growers challenged by DOV systems 1
California’s central San Joaquin Valley growers thought they had it made in the shade when mechanically harvested dried-on-the vine raisins were promised to produce as much as twice as many raisins per acre at half the labor cost. Who wouldn’t be all ears, if someone promised that overhead and open gable trellising systems would produce 3 to 5 tons or more raisins per acre that never touched the ground for sun drying. However, those promises have turned out to be a bit jaded by shade.
DOV vineyards test California raisin growers — photo gallery
Who wouldn’t be all ears, if someone promised California raisin growers that overhead and open gable trellising systems would produce 3 to 5 tons or more raisins per acre that never touched the ground for sun drying?
Consumers must be convinced regulatory process ensures safe food 2
California farmers must comply with no fewer than 70 individual laws and regulations before applying pesticides — that is not likely to change.
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