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.

Mid 70-cent Upland cotton price to stay awhile
Due to current soft cotton prices, Calcot President Jarral Neeper predicts fewer cotton acres next year in the U.S. and abroad. Domestically, the chief reasons are price competition for grains and soybeans, plus the ongoing drought in Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas.
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.
Insects in cotton - effective tool arsenal
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cotton advances 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.
Cotton marketers: continued bullish prices
Two Western marketers predict upland cotton prices will remain bullish in the short- and long-term.
Pesticide application changing
Nozzles can increase efficacy, but lead to more drift potential. Some newer nozzles can produce larger spray droplets to decrease drift, but at the same time can result in reduced coverage for controlling the targeted pest.
Crop prices drive farmland lease rates
Record cotton prices are bringing multiple bidders with significantly higher price offers for some farmland leases in Maricopa County, Ariz.
E. coil outbreak stalks leafy greens industry five years later
A 2006 food safety breach shoved the Western leafy greens industry toward enhanced production and handling standards to improve food safety practices during planting, cultivating, harvesting, and packing.
Far West High Cotton winner meets Arizona cotton 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.
Pest management industry: reshaping
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.
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