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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.
2015 Program Year End Summary
Boll weevil eradication activities were carried
out in all Texas and eastern New Mexico cotton fields, on a total of
approximately 5.08 million certified land cotton acres. For the year,
only two zones reported weevil captures. Boll weevil captures occurred
in the Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV) and the South Texas Winter
Garden (STWG) zones.
Beginning in 2015, program operations in eleven
West Texas eradication zones were combined into one Maintenance Area.
Those eleven zones, now part of the West Texas Maintenance Area
(WTMA), are: Southern Rolling Plains (SRP), El Paso/Trans Pecos
(EPTP), St. Lawrence (STL), Permian Basin (PB), Rolling Plains Central
(RPC), Western High Plains (WHP), Southern High Plains/Caprock (SHPC),
Northern Rolling Plains (NRP), Northern High Plains (NHP), Northwest
Plains (NWP) and Panhandle (PH). The remaining zones, South Texas
Winter Garden (STWG), Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV), Upper Coastal
Bend (UCB), Southern Blacklands (SBL) and Northern Blacklands (NBL),
continue to operate individually.
West Texas Zones (WTMA)
In the West Texas zones (WTMA), 2015 proved to be another excellent
year for boll weevil eradication. In the 4.6 million land acres that
make up the 11 West Texas zones in 2015, there were no boll weevils
captured and there were no acres treated. All 11 West Texas zones have
been declared eradicated. Beginning in 2015, assessments will be
collected on a per bale basis in the West Texas Maintenance Area.
South and East Texas Zones
The South and East Texas zones planted approximately 479,000 acres
in 2015, down from approximately 889,682 acres in 2014. The LRGV and
STWG zones were the only zones in the United States to capture weevils
in 2015. As of December 20th, the LRGV zone had captured 147,746 boll
weevils, compared to 44,969 weevils captured in 2014. These captures
were primarily located near the Rio Grande River and adjacent to
Mexico. The LRGV treated acreage in 2015 was 441,212 acres. An area of
reproduction was also discovered in a field near Dilley (STWG) very
late in the season and is presumed to be a result of migration out of
the LRGV. Five other fields located downwind of this infestation have
captured weevils but no reproduction has been discovered in these
fields. A total of 72 weevils were captured in STWG during 2015. The
last time a boll weevil was captured in STWG was in 2012. STWG, NBL,
SBL and UCB have been declared functionally eradicated. The LRGV
remains in quarantine status.