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Yearly Battle Against the Boll Weevil Gearing Up in Northeast Arkansas

MAY 14, 2004 - Posted at 4:27 p.m. CDT

 

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Officials are gearing up to begin a second season of spraying for boll weevils in northeast Arkansas where farmers have been forced to join a pest control program.

District Boll Weevil Eradication supervisor Jaye Massey says spraying will begin in late May or early June as cotton plants begin to display visible flower buds.

Massey said traps are being set out every 300 feet and will help determine how much spraying is done.

The State Plant Board forced farmers in Mississippi County and eastern Craighead County into the program in May 2003 after they voted, for the fifth time, not to join.

A coalition of northeast Arkansas farmers are appealing a decision that dropped their lawsuit against the state.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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