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.

Five farmers honored for efficiency and stewardship at High Cotton Awards Breakfast
Five U.S. producers, including a father and son team from Texas, accepted the 2015 Farm Press High Cotton Award Jan. 6 during the annual awards breakfast.
Mark Watte: High Cotton Award for Western Farm Press
Cotton runs deep in the veins of the Watte family of Tulare, Calif. The family’s cotton roots date back 56 years to their first planting in 1959. While the first crop yielded two bales per acre, today’s Watte cotton yields are about four bales (2,000 pounds) with higher quality lint.
Can spinach proteins save the U.S. citrus industry?
A transgenic process using spinach proteins could help the citrus industry survive its worst scourge, the disease Huanglongbing (HLB).
Plastic contamination threatens U.S. cotton industry
Cleaning equipment does a fairly good job of removing thinner mil plastic from cotton during the cotton ginning process. Thicker mil plastic is more difficult to remove, says Harrison Ashley of the National Cotton Ginners Association.
Lettuce industry abuzz over automated thinner
The automated thinner represents a total leap forward in taking a crop which has been highly dependent on hand labor and allowing the machine to do the work, says vegetable specialist Richard Smith of the University of California Cooperative Extension.
Agricultural technology critical to feed 9 billion people
To fill 2 billion more mouths, worldwide agricultural productivity must increase 70 percent to 100 percent, according to the United Nations.
Outlook brightens for leafy greens industry
Encouraging data gathered by the California Leafy Greens Research Program (CLGRP) suggests the pendulum on U.S. leafy green consumption is swinging higher, including spinach and spring mix.
Will farm bill be a Christmas gift?
California’s top agricultural leader believes Congress could become Santa instead of Scrooge by delivering an adopted farm bill by Christmas or shortly thereafter.
Space exploration delivering solutions for agriculture
Current and future satellites in orbit around the Earth, plus rovers and other equipment examining other planets, will provide tools to help water organizations better predict and utilize water supplies and help farmers more efficiently manage water use on the farm.
Supima pins Pima cotton’s future on brands, retailers
Supima launched its brand-retailer program about five years ago. It will continue as the cornerstone of Pima cotton promotion in the future.
Mid 70-cent cotton price expected to be around awhile
The short-term outlook for Upland cotton prices is for a continuation in the mid 70-cent range per pound, according to Jarral Neeper, president and chief executive officer of the Calcot marketing cooperative based in Bakersfield, Calif.
Softer insecticides reduce pests in winter vegetables
Insecticide usage is down significantly in winter vegetable production in the Western low-desert region – from an average of 12 sprays in 1991 to about 4.5 sprays in 2011 – almost a 70 percent reduction.
Biofuels essential to long-term U.S. national security
A retired U.S. Navy vice-admiral urges the continued expansion of the biofuels industry to enhance U.S. national security and help ward off threats from petroleum-exporting countries with opposing political views to the U.S.
Immigration ruling renews agriculture’s call for reliable labor law
Agricultural leaders believe the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling on Arizona’s controversial immigration law gives ammunition to industry organizations to further push Congress to modify existing farmworker programs to provide legal, reliable labor for farm and ranch operations nationwide.
More profit potential in Southwest tree-hedged pecans
Mechanical hedge pruning and topping of commercial pecan trees in the Southwest increases income potential for producers, according to University of Arizona (UA) Extension soil specialist James Walworth.
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