The Texas Department of Agriculture has established the 2005 assessment rates, due dates and discount dates for the boll weevil eradication program.

The Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation bases assessments on the certified acreage growers provide the Farm Service Agency by the final certification date for their area, which varies by zone.

A 2 percent discount is available if the assessment is paid in full by specific dates, which vary by zone. Growers who forget to deduct the discount or don't wish to figure it, but who pay early, will receive a credit or refund on their accounts.

Failure to pay on time will result in late fees in the amount of 1.5 percent per month of the balance, charged to a grower's account.

General unpredictability of the weather also means some growers may not be able to produce a crop. To qualify for credit on failed acres, all hostable material — any part of the plant that can support feeding and reproduction — must be destroyed. Not all zones offer credits for failed acreage. Assessments are:

Lower Rio Grande Valley

Assessment: $14 per acre dryland; $28 per acre irrigated.

Mailing date by: June 10

Payment due: July 15

Discount available if received by June 30.

Growers with failed acres are eligible to receive a credit on acres completely destroyed before the zone's diapause treatments begin.

The steering committee recommended stalk destruction rebates for producers who destroy their cotton before the Texas Department of Agriculture's deadline for their area. LRGV producers will receive a $2 per acre credit if stalks are destroyed by Aug. 18. Fields must remain free of hostable plants through Dec. 31.

TBWEF employees will monitor fields and certify that they remained free of cotton. Growers also must provide season-long access to all fields and not be delinquent on any TBWEF assessments. If all conditions are met the rebate will be paid in early 2006.

Growers who take advantage of early stalk destruction help guarantee the success of the eradication program in the Lower Rio Grande. Destruction of hostable material and keeping fields clean is necessary to prevent weevil populations from expanding. Cotton acres that do not remain free of cotton plants after spraying begins will not receive the credit.

Northern Blacklands

Assessment: $13.25 per acre.

Mailing date by: Aug. 10

Payment due: Sept. 15.

Discount available if paid in full by Aug. 31.

Northwest Plains

Assessment: $5 per acre dryland, $12 irrigated.

Mailing date by: Aug. 19

Payment due: Sept. 30.

Discount available if paid in full by Sept. 15.

Northern Rolling Plains

Assessment: $10 per dryland acre and $15 irrigated.

Mailing date by: Sept. 2

Payment due: Oct. 7.

Discount available if paid by Sept. 22.

Growers with failed acres will be eligible to receive a credit of 50 percent of their assessment on acres destroyed before the final certification date

Panhandle zone

Assessment: $4 per acre.

Mailing date by: Aug. 19.

Payment due: Sept. 30.

Discount available if paid by Sept. 15.

Permian Basin

Assessment: $6 per dryland acre, $12 irrigated.

Mailing date by: Aug. 19.

Payment due: Sept. 30.

Discount available if paid by Sept. 15.

Qualifying failed acres must remain free of all hostable cotton until a killing freeze to receive the credit.

Southern Rolling Plains

Assessment: $5 per acre.

Mailing date by: Aug. 10

Payment due: Sept. 15.

Discount available if paid by Aug. 31.

As in previous years, no credit is provided for failed acres.

Southern Blacklands

Assessment: $12 per dryland acre and $27 irrigated.

Mailing date by: Aug. 10.

Payment due: Sept. 15.

Discount available if paid by Aug. 31.

No credit for failed acres.

Stalk destruction credits will be offered to producers who destroy their cotton before the Texas Department of Agriculture's deadline.

Western High Plains

Assessment: $6 per dryland acre and $12 irrigated.

Mailing date by: Aug. 19

Payment due: Sept. 30.

Discount available if paid by Sept. 15.

Qualifying failed acres must remain free of all hostable cotton until a killing freeze to receive the credit.

Southern High Plains/Caprock

Assessment: $6 per dryland acre and $12 irrigated.

Mailing date by: Aug. 19.

Payment due: Sept. 30.

Discount available if paid by Sept. 15.

Qualifying failed acres must remain free of all hostable cotton until a killing freeze to receive the credit.

St. Lawrence

Assessment: $2 per dryland acre, $6 irrigated.

Mailing date by: Aug. 19.

Payment due: Sept. 30.

Discount available if paid by Sept. 15.

All acres planted to cotton will be assessed. No credit is provided for failed acres.

Rolling Plains Central

Assessment: $6.50 per acre. (The commissioner approved a reduction in the assessment based on the recommendation of the zone's grower steering committee and the foundation board of directors.)

Mailing date by: Aug. 10.

Payment due: Sept. 15.

Discount available if paid by Aug. 31.

No credit for failed acres, as recommended by the zone's steering committee.

Upper Coastal Bend

Assessment: $20.20 per acre.

Mailing date by: July 15.

Payment due: Aug. 15.

Discount available if paid by July 31.

All cotton acres planted in the zone are subject to the assessment.

Acres failed before the certification date qualify for a rebate of half the assessment if all cotton plants are destroyed and fields remain free of hostable plants through Dec. 31.

Stalk destruction rebates will be offered to producers who destroy their cotton before the Texas Department of Agriculture's deadline for their area.

Producers with cotton in the counties of Austin, Brazoria, Colorado, Fort Bend, Waller and Wharton east of the Colorado River will receive a rebate of $4 per acre if the cotton is destroyed by Sept. 15 or $2 per acre if destroyed by Sept. 29. Growers in the remaining counties of Jackson, Matagorda and Wharton west of the Colorado River will receive their rebate if stalks are destroyed by Sept. 1 and Sept. 15.

South Texas/Winter Garden

Assessment: $23.14 per acre.

Mailing date by: July 15.

Payment due: Aug. 15.

Discount available if paid by July 31.

The zone's steering committee recommended that cotton acres failed before the certification date qualify for a rebate of half the assessment if all cotton plants are destroyed and fields remain free of hostable plants through Dec. 31.

Producers with cotton in the counties of Aransas, Duval, Jim Wells, Kleberg, Nueces, San Patricio and Bee and Live Oak south of Highway 59 will receive a rebate of $2 per acre if the cotton is destroyed by Aug. 20.

Growers in the remaining counties of Atascosa, Bexar, Calhoun, Dewitt, Dimmitt, Frio, Goliad, Karnes, Kinney, Lasalle, McMullen, Medina, Refugio, Uvalde, Victoria, Wilson, Zavala and Bee and Live Oak north of Highway 59 will receive their rebate if stalks are destroyed by Sept. 20.

Growers who believe the information on their statements is incorrect need to contact FSA and make sure the agency's information is accurate. If those records are in error, growers should ask FSA to update their records and send the foundation a correction. The foundation will not know about the changes unless growers ask FSA to send the correction. Accounts cannot be corrected until the FSA correction is received.

For more information contact the foundation at (866) 672-2800.