This week’s Cotton Newsline is 3 cuts. All cuts are Dr. Frank Carter, Senior Scientist for the National Cotton Council.
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In 1958, the National Cotton Council officially recognized the economic havoc the boll weevil was wreaking on U.S. cotton production. With Congressional leadership and support, a USDA Boll Weevil Research Lab was created followed by eradication experiments, a trial eradication program and an area wide boll weevil control program on the Texas High Plains and Rolling Plains to prevent the weevil's migration. According to Dr. Frank Carter, Senior Scientist for the National Cotton Council, The National Boll Weevil Eradication program now encompasses the entire cotton Belt and is well on its way toward completion.
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Carter says the next step is to put a maintenance program in place for when the boll weevil is completely eradicated.
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According to Carter they are also in the process of urging the USDA to develop a federal quarantine for boll weevil.