South Texas Makes Gains in Fight Against Boll Weevils

Texas’ drought has left crops parched across the state, but the lack of water could have unintended benefits for South Texas farmers in one of the state’s longest-running agricultural battles.

For the past two decades, the Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation has conducted a program to eliminate the ubiquitous beetle, which punctures cotton pods to lay eggs that destroy the plant’s yield.

By setting pheromone traps to detect weevils, spraying chemicals to eliminate them and changing farming practices to minimize re-infestation, the program has 15 of its 16 zones reporting no indication of boll weevils over the last ...

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