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2009-08-13 12:05:13

When there's something bugging rice farmers, a large segment of the world's population is likely to find out.Americans eat about 20.5 pounds of rice a year, while globally people annually eat about 126 pounds each, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. Yet a big bite is also taken by insects in the field every year.One of the worst, the rice water weevil, is a Southeast Texas native measuring in at less than one-fourth inch long. But its gray snout has chomped...

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2007-02-13 03:00:22

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. Danny Kizer, executive director of the Arkansas Boll Weevil Eradication Program, said Monday that the boll weevil population has been reduced at least 99 percent since the effort began 10 years ago. The insect should be all but eliminated from Arkansas cotton fields in two years, he said. "It's just a...


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2005-09-09 09:53:41

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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