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.

New Lipan pecan variety offers good yield, disease resistance
The new pecan variety Lipan — released as a trial variety last July — is a large, high-quality nut which generates excellent yields and improved disease resistance.
Technology advancing agriculture to feed world
Technological advances will continue to drive crop advances as global agriculture prepares to feed and clothe another 2-3 billion people by 2050, but on less land worldwide linked to water scarcity.
New law may rekindle New Mexico chile industry
The challenges remain — cheaper foreign imports, a 73-percent crop acreage decline in the last 20 years, crop diseases, and farm labor uncertainties — which point to continued tests for the New Mexico chile pepper industry. Yet, a new piece of legislation may help rekindle prosperity for the New Mexico chile industry.
Research targets simpler nitrogen management in cotton 1
Helping farmers and consultants manage nitrogen levels in cotton and adjust applications to maximize lint yield is the purpose of a University of Arizona research project.
Effective tool arsenal combats cotton pests
The top goals in effective insect management in cotton are to preserve yield potential and improve the stability and consistency of control, says Phillip Roberts, University of Georgia Extension entomologist. Reaching the goals is best achieved through the combined use of current and future technologies.
Health attributes shifting produce to center of plate
A shift of fresh fruits and vegetables from a side dish at the meal table to the middle of the consumer’s dinner plate makes today an exciting time for the U.S. produce industry. Pushing produce to plate center is tied to the healthy attributes associated with fruit and vegetables. Results from a survey of 500 chefs suggest improving flavor is the best way to increase fresh fruit and vegetable consumption.
Biotech crop benefits only just beginning for agriculture
Monsanto has genome sequenced almost every gene in corn, soybeans, and cotton over the last five to seven years. Crop yields need to double to triple in the decades ahead to reach a world population expected to top 8 billion to 9 billion people by around 2050.
Harnessing the genome to redefine mankind, agriculture
The future of mankind and agriculture is strongly tied to unlocking an organism's genome. Research in genomics will unleash inconceivable strides for mankind and agriculture. “This wave of technology is coming whether you’re ready or not,” says Juan Enriquez, a world-leading genetic code authority and user. The bottom line — the opportunities for genomics in agriculture are endless.
Remote sensing offers water hopes as drought lingers
With world population expected to increase from 7 billion to 9 billion people in the next 40 years, farmers globally are expected to produce more food and fiber on less land and water. That’s an extreme challenge in the arid U.S. West and Southwest, where large-scale farms struggle to survive economically amid chronic drought conditions and increasing costs for surface water. Arizona, for example, is in its 15th consecutive year of drought.
Asian citrus psyllid found in Nogales, Ariz.
A single female Asian citrus psyllid was found in an APHIS trap in a residential backyard about one-quarter mile east of the International Port of Entry in Nogales, Ariz.
Cotton advancements flowing through technology pipeline
Higher U.S. cotton prices have launched the financial rebirth of a struggling industry now giddy about profit prospects for the next few years. Cottonseed companies have a technology-filled pipeline aimed to meet the increased interest with improved lint yields and fiber quality, plus better insect and weed control.
Effective pest control for indoor citrus nursery production
California and Arizona citrus nursery growers are shifting production of critical plants from the outdoors to ‘indoor protective structures’ to gain protection from the Asian citrus psyllid insect and its primary vectored disease Huanglongbing (HLB).
Expanded U.S. farm exports to Cuba on horizon
The U.S. exported $4 billion in farm products, mostly feed stuffs, to Cuba from 2002 to 2008. About 95 percent of the total included corn, wheat, soybeans, and soybean meal.
Western cotton marketers predict continued bullish prices
Two Western marketers predict upland cotton prices will remain bullish in the short- and long-term.
Leafminer, shuckworm pests target New Mexico pecans
New Mexico pecan growers and consultants are on alert after a new leafminer species was found last year in the state along with the hickory shuckworm.
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