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.


2013 Program Year End Summary

The Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation (TBWEF) completed a successful year in 2013. Boll weevil eradication activities were carried out in all Texas and eastern New Mexico cotton fields, on a total of approximately 5.95 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 2013 from captures in 2012.

West Texas Zones

In the West Texas zones, 2013 proved to be another excellent year for boll weevil eradication. In the 5.22 million land acres that make up the 11 West Texas zones in 2013, there were no boll weevils captured. There were no acres treated in the 5.22 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 734,900 acres in 2013, down from approximately 890,000 acres in 2012. The LRGV zone was the only zone to capture weevils in 2013. The Foundation failed to find any fields with reproduction in SBL or STWG zones during the 2013 growing season. Boll weevil captures declined substantially in 2013. The three zones that captured weevils in 2012 were STWG with 38 weevils, SBL with 2 weevils and the LRGV with 207,833. As of late December 2013, the LRGV zone had reduced captures of weevils in 2013 to 63,722 or a 69 percent decrease in total numbers of weevils compared to 2012. These captures were primarily located near the Rio Grande River and adjacent to Mexico. The LRGV also decreased the amount of treated acreage in 2013. There were 905,295 acres treated in LRGV in 2012 compared with 357,072 in 2013.


TDA Cotton Stalk Destruction Regulatory Program
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Managing Volunteer Cotton in Grain Crops
(Informational Flyer)
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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: December 18 2014

TBWEF Weekly Report

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