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Cotton Pest Nearly Gone from Arkansas Fields

FEBRUARY 13, 2007 - Posted at 7:40 a.m. CST

 

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Though a moment in Enterprise, Alabama, celebrates the boll weevil's role in forcing farmers to diversify, in Arkansas they're celebrating its near-demise.  A state Plant Board official says the tiny bug that has caused billions of dollars in damage to cotton fields nationwide has nearly been eradicated from Arkansas fields.

Danny Kizer of the Arkansas Boll Weevil Eradication Program says that in each of the state's five zones in the program, the boll weevil population has been reduced at least 99 percent since the effort began ten years ago.  He said the insect should be all but eliminated from Arkansas cotton fields in two years.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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