Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation, Inc.


Welcome to the Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Program web site. This site has been developed to provide information to cotton producers and the general public about the process and progress of boll weevil eradication across the state.

Protect Your Investment When Moving Equipment

Inspection for the movement of regulated articles within Texas is not required, but may be obtained upon request by contacting the Foundation at 800-687-1212. The number is answered, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. After hours, you may leave a message or call your local TBWEF office.

Cotton harvesting equipment and other equipment associated with the production and transport of cotton, as well as gin equipment, may be moved to or through a restricted area provided the equipment is free of hostable material, seed cotton and boll weevils in any stage of development by one the following methods:

a. removal by hand;
b. high-pressure air cleaning;
c. high-pressure washing; or
d. fumigation of regulated articles as prescribed by the Texas Department of Agriculture.


2014 Program Year End Summary

The Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation (TBWEF) completed a successful year in 2014. Boll weevil eradication activities were carried out in all Texas and eastern New Mexico cotton fields, on a total of approximately 6.335 million certified land cotton acres. For the year, 15 of the 16 Texas zones reported no weevil captures. Boll weevil captures only occurred in the Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV) and numbers were reduced substantially in 2014 from captures in 2013.

West Texas Zones

In the West Texas zones, 2014 proved to be another excellent year for boll weevil eradication. In the 5.44 million land acres that make up the 11 West Texas zones in 2014, there were no boll weevils captured. There were no acres treated in the 5.44 million land acres of that were planted in West Texas. All 11 West Texas zones have been declared functionally eradicated.

South and East Texas Zones

The South and East Texas zones planted approximately 889,672 acres in 2014, up from approximately 734,900 acres in 2013. The LRGV zone was the only zone to capture weevils in 2014. Boll weevil captures declined substantially in 2014 in that zone. The last three zones that captured weevils in 2012 were STWG with 38 weevils, SBL with 2 weevils and the LRGV with 207,833. STWG and SBL did not capture any weevils in 2013 or 2014. As of late December 2014, the LRGV zone had reduced captures of weevils to 44,969 in 2014 compared to 63,593 weevils in 2013 which is a 29.2 percent reduction in total numbers of weevils. These captures were primarily located near the Rio Grande River and adjacent to Mexico. There were 488,722 acres treated in LRGV in 2014 compared with 357,072 in 2013. These were the only cotton acres treated for boll weevil eradication in the state.


WTMA Newsletter, Sept. 2015
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TDA Cotton Stalk Destruction Regulatory Program
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Managing Volunteer Cotton in Grain Crops
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Know what is required when planting cotton (Informational Flyer)
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Weekly Report

Weekly zone program trapping and treatment data has been compiled into a PDF file for easier access and faster download.

Last modified: November 19 2015

TBWEF Weekly Report
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