Growers in the South Texas/Winter Garden Eradication zone will have the opportunity to receive a rebates on their assessments again this growing season.

The state commissioner of agriculture has approved a $3 per acre rebate for having stalks destroyed four weeks before the Texas Department of Agriculture's stalk destruction deadline for each area and $1.50 for stalks destroyed two and three weeks before the deadline.

To be eligible for the rebate, growers must have provided full-field vehicular access throughout the growing season and be current on their assessments.

Full-field vehicular access is necessary to accomplish eradication.

Although the program has reduced weevil populations to a level below economic damage, all sides of a field must be accessed to completely eliminate weevils.

Stalk destruction is an important cultural control practice in the eradication process. Growers who take advantage of early stalk destruction help to guarantee the success of the eradication program in South Texas.

Because of the climatic conditions in South Texas, stalk destruction after harvest is needed to ensure that no hostable material remains in the field. Full-field vehicular access and stalk destruction work together to save producers money and speed up the eradication process by eliminating boll weevil feeding and reproduction sites, making further insecticide treatments on these fields unnecessary.

Growers with questions about the rebate should contact their district offices.

The Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation is a nonprofit, grower-initiated and funded organization dedicated to eliminating the cotton boll weevil from the state in the most cost-effective and environmentally responsible manner possible.