Boll Weevil Eradication Program Begins

August 4, 2003 - Posted at: 3:14 p.m. CDT

BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. -- The boll weevil eradication program is getting under way Monday in Mississippi and eastern Craighead counties.

It has already begun on the islands on the Mississippi River adjacent to Mississippi County.

The state Plant Board says the program will be permanent, with fees assessed for continuing maintenance and periodic eradication if the critters come back.

Aerial spraying of fields will begin August 11. By August 18, the entire area should be included between ground and aerial spraying.

Danny Kiser, director of the Arkansas Boll Weevil Eradication program, says the plan for Mississippi County is to complete the eradication phase of the program within five years. Then the county will go into a maintenance program.

Bills for the assessed fees to pay for the program are to be mailed August 15. Payments will be due by September 1.

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