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.

Leafy greens industry still reeling from E. coli-spinach outbreak
The leafy greens industry has worked feverishly for decades to provide nutritious and safe vegetables for consumers. The 2006 food safety breach shoved the Western leafy greens industry toward enhanced leafy green production and handling standards to improve food safety practices during planting, cultivating, harvesting, and packing.
Commodity prices, demand spark World Ag Expo optimism
The 100,000 or so attendees and exhibitors at the 2011 World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif., in early February shared excitement, linked in part to surging commodity prices and record U.S. farm export sales.
Winter produce supply uncertain after freezing temps
Nolte estimates 50 percent to 60 percent of the Yuma County head lettuce crop was impacted by the weather. Blistering was found on romaine lettuce which leads to browning on the blistered area. Cauliflower and broccoli had less damage as the plants are more tolerant to freezing temperatures.
Precision nematode control in cropping systems
Research results on the six trials demonstrated the ability to maximize return on investment with variable applications of Telone II by targeting the coarsest texture soils of a given field.
Far West High Cotton winner meets Arizona challenges
W. Bruce Heiden, Buckeye, Ariz., is this year’s Far West Farm Press/Cotton Foundation High Cotton Award winner, and is closing in on his sixth decade of growing cotton in an environment unlike that of any other U.S. Cotton Belt state. Heiden has survived the challenges of Arizona cotton and been a state and national industry leader.
Biomass may hold partial solution to global energy needs
A growing U.S. agricultural biomass industry can help meet the catapulting energy and fuel demands of a global population that the United Nations predicts could reach 9 billion by 2050.
Subsurface drip solution for frugal New Mexico farmer
“I probably wouldn’t be farming now if I hadn’t converted to drip irrigation,” says Don Hartman, New Mexico crop farmer. “Drip irrigation saves so much. If you can afford the initial investment, it’s a no-brainer.”
Evolving issues reshaping pest management industry
U.S. agriculture is facing a barrage of challenges ranging from tough domestic and international issues to evolving consumer attitudes about food production which likely will alter the future of farming.
Center pivots contain crop costs
Center pivot technology allows Doug Dunlap, Willcox, Ariz., to farm more effectively. He estimates his water efficiency at about 90 percent.
Heat ‘did a number’ on much of U.S. rice crop
Top adjectives used to describe the overall U.S. rice crop this season include terrible, disappointing and average.
Southwest chile pepper industry at crossroads
The Southwest chile pepper industry is at a major crossroads and time will determine if mechanization and other advances will help save the industry hit hard by foreign competition. About 80 percent of the chile peppers consumed in the United States are imported, largely due to lower hand labor costs.
Late-season irrigation, pest decisions in desert cotton
2010 has been a white-knuckle year for many Western cotton farmers who eked through the cool and wet spring planting season and now face important decisions as fall harvest looms.
Pistachio growers keep close tabs on 2010 crop
Above average rainfall and cool temperatures provide double-edged sword for pistachio crop.
Monsanto refutes CFS ‘victory’ claim
The victory claim by the radical environmental group Center for Food Safety (CFS) in the wake of this week’s U.S.
New Mexico chile industry looks to thrive again
The New Mexico chile pepper industry is working to survive its challenges and thrive again through research initiatives
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