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.