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By PEGGY HARRIS LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A tiny pest that has caused billions of dollars in damage to cotton fields nationwide has nearly been eradicated from Arkansas fields, officials said.
The boll weevil (Anthonomus grandis) is a beetle which has an average length of one-quarter inch (6 millimeters). The insect crossed the Rio Grande near Brownsville, Texas to enter the United States from Mexico in 1892 and reached southeastern Alabama in 1915. It remains the most destructive cotton pest in North America. By the mid 1920s it had entered all cotton growing regions in the U.S. On December 11, 1919, the citizens of Enterprise, Alabama erected a monument to the boll weevil, the...
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