With nearly all areas of the U.S. cotton belt having eradicated the crop-robbing boll weevil, action is being urged to protect that status by creating a buffer zone in south Texas to prevent reinfestation by weevils migrating across the river bordering Mexico and the Rio Grande Valley.

“It’s essential that we do this,” Farrell Boyd, manager of the Mississippi Boll Weevil Management Corporation, said at the organization’s annual joint meeting with the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation’s Cotton Policy Committee. “There’s too much at stake, and too much money has been spent to achieve weevil-free status, to not do everything we can to keep this pest pushed back into Mexico.”

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