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No boll weevils have been caught in Oklahoma cotton fields in the 2010 growing season, according to the Oklahoma Boll Weevil Eradication Organization. Much of the state is now considered functionally eradicated.
The resulting maps will show areas containing certified cotton acres along with the location of deployed traps. While the FSA is working to modify all CLUs to show only certified cotton, we can still map any field where certified and/or harvested acres need to be verified, he said.
Starting up the new system coincided, as a result of the 2008 Farm Bill, with the institution of requirements restricting the availability of federally provided producer information, including certified acres and other data such as farm numbers, he said.
To ensure against unauthorized release of information while the new rules are being digested and user friendly compilations of FSA data are being pursued, the agency has limited online eradication manager data access only to OBWEO personnel. Gins or individual producers desiring specific information are invited to contact the OBWEO Hobart, Okla., office at 580-726-4280.
The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry has redone the Sensitive Crop Viewer section on its website, Harris said. OBWEO is working to incorporate cotton CLUs as well. For next season, early reporting/certification of cotton acres will ensure timely inclusion of CLUs and trap locations onto the system, he said.
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