What is in this article?:
- When it rains it pours
- Multiple extensions
Cotton stalk destruction extended again for South Texas following heavy rains.
Multiple stalk destruction delays for the Zone were previously approved by TDA including the first on Sept, 25. On Oct. 10, the destruction deadline for all of Zone 3.1, Zone 3.2 and Zone 3.3 was extended until October 15 for the 2013 crop year only. On Oct. 29 the destruction deadline for all of Zone 3.1, Zone 3.2 and Zone 3.3 was extended again until November 12 because of heavy rains. The latest delay was requested on Oct. 12, and that resulted in the deadline being moved for all areas in the Zone to Nov. 26, 2013, for the 2013 crop year only.
Zone officials for CPAC say persistent rain continues to limit accessibility to fields and resulted in this latest extension. Officials at the Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation (TBWEF) concurred with CPAC officials and TDA approved all extensions affecting all areas within the Zone.
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 July have contributed to a downgrading of the State Drought Monitor for the region. The Texas Drought Monitor rated drought conditions in much of the Upper Coastal Bend and Southeast Texas as severe to extreme throughout most of the summer growing season. As a result of substantial rains since early July, the latest drought monitor released Nov. 19, indicates conditions have improved to abnormally dry in the Upper Coastal Bend with virtually no drought conditions for Southeast Texas.