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Boll Weevil Eradication: Status and Future Plans

Bill Grefenstette


The Boll Weevil Eradication Program continues to be an exciting and to some a controversial approach to solving one of the most serious pest problems in U.S. cotton. During 1995, good progress was made toward eradication in the recent expansion areas of the Southeast. Spot reinfestations in three areas, traced to the movement of infested equipment, serve as a reminder that post-eradication areas must be carefully protected. New program areas in Texas faced a variety of challenges and will continue to improve in 1996. The Southwest was weevil-free with a commitment to stay that way. Nationally, the program should expand into at least two additional areas in Texas, and possibly other areas, in 1996.

Reprinted from Proceedings of the 1996 Beltwide Cotton Conferences pp. 17 - 20
©National Cotton Council, Memphis TN

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