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The Georgia Boll Weevil Eradication Program - Estimated Net Returns to South Georgia Producers

C. Robert Stark, Jr., W. Don Shurley, Jr.


The biological success of Boll Weevil Eradication Programs (BWEP) in the Carolinas and Georgia has raised the economic question of when the pro-gram cost will be fully recovered. Cotton producers who are considering a state or regional BWEP can regard implementation as an investment decision with an initial, multi-year treatment period characterized by elevated annual costs followed by a perpetual containment period with lower, relatively stable annual costs. This study of the Georgia BWEP uses actual cotton yields and extension budget estimates of insect control costs to estimate the required time frame for full cost recovery.

Reprinted from Proceedings of the 1996 Beltwide Cotton Conferences pp. 434 - 437
©National Cotton Council, Memphis TN

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