Evaluation of the Stalk Puller as a Tool for Destruction of Cotton Stalks and Management of the Boll Weevil in South Texas

R. D. Parker, J. A. Landivar, L. L. Falconer, C. R. Schultz


It is difficult, time consuming and expensive to remove cotton stalks from the dry hard clay soils along the Texas Gulf Coast at the level required to prevent regrowth and subsequent production of a food supply for the boll weevil (Anthonomus grandis Boheman). The Sundance Stalk Puller was compared with a conventional sweep plow to determine effectiveness in destroying cotton plants. The Sundance Stalk Puller consists of two large disk plow blades per row which act together to pull shredded stalks from the soil or cut them off below the cotyledon node. The implement was superior to the sweep plow under the conditions encountered. Additional advantages included high speed operation, low horsepower tractor requirement and little soil disturbance which allowed remaining green bolls to be exposed to soil surface temperatures lethal to immature weevils.

Reprinted from Proceedings of the 1994 Beltwide Cotton Conferences pp. 1137 - 1138
©National Cotton Council, Memphis TN

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