The SC Boll Weevil Eradication Program is one of the major factors in the return of significant cotton production to the state starting in the early 1980s. South Carolina cotton growers had the wisdom and foresight to impose the high cost of eradication on themselves. Eradication of the boll weevil eventually resulted in greatly reduced production costs, making cotton a profitable option for other growers in the state.
In addition to increasing productivity, eradication of the boll weevil has greatly reduced the number of pesticide applications required to produce a crop – from 20 or more to 2-3. Despite the fact that it has now been almost 15 years since the last boll weevil was found in SC, growers still pay a small amount to monitor fields annually as a measure of insurance against the return of this devastating pest.
Learn more from Clemson's recent news story "South Carolina farmers join the boll weevil fight in Texas" >