Changes in 2010 boll weevil eradication program

By Peter Kent

boll weevilSouth Carolina cotton growers will have significantly reduced reporting requirements and a simplified payment process this year.

In March, the S.C. Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation eliminated the requirement for a preliminary cotton acreage report. This means there is only the July 15 deadline for a final acreage report.

Also, county Farm Services Agency offices no longer will accept payment of boll weevil assessments when the final acreage reports are filed. Instead, growers will receive an invoice for the assessment with instructions to send payment to Clemson’s Department of Plant Industry. 

The foundation also set the 2010 acreage assessment for the boll weevil eradication program at $1.25 per acre, the same as last year. There has not been a boll weevil trapped in South Carolina in the last 10 years. This, along with increased efficiency of the trapping program, has resulted in the assessment being reduced from $5.20 per acre during that time.

For information: David Howle, 864-646-2120,