Pest Management Zone 3 (Zone 3) consists of three areas:

  • Area 1 includes Jackson and Matagorda counties and that portion of Wharton County west of the Colorado River. The standard deadline for cotton stalk destruction in Zone 3, Area 1, is October 1.
  • Area 2 includes Austin, Brazoria, and Fort Bend counties and that portion of Wharton County east of the Colorado River. The standard deadline for cotton stalk destruction in Zone 3, Area 2, is October 15.
  • Area 3 includes Chambers, Colorado, Fayette, Galveston, Gonzales, Harris, Jefferson, Lavaca, Liberty, Orange, Waller, and Washington counties. The standard deadline for cotton stalk destruction in Zone 3, Area 3, is October 20.

Heavy rains since June have contributed to downgrading the State Drought Monitor for the region. The Texas Drought Monitor rated much of the Upper Coastal Bend and Southeast Texas drought conditions as severe to extreme throughout much of the summer growing season. But as a result of substantial rains since early July, the latest drought monitor released Nov. 12, 2013, indicates drought conditions have now improved to abnormally dry in the Upper Coastal Bend and virtually no drought conditions for most of Southeast Texas.

While rains delayed cotton harvest and stalk destruction this year, officials say they have also restored soil moisture conditions, a positive development for the 2014 cotton crop.

 

Also of interest:

Stalk destruction deadline extended again

Is South Texas buffer zone needed to prevent boll weevil reinfestation…

Boll Weevil eradication efforts charted by TPPA conference