May 23, 2014 4:36 PM
All cotton planted in the state, including cotton grown in ornamental gardens and other non-traditional locations must be registered with the state to be monitored for possible boll weevil presence. That announcement was made today by Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain, D.V.M. He say the state boll weevil eradication law also says anyone who intends to plant cotton for non-commercial purposes must receive prior permission.
"The state is officially boll weevil-free but we must monitor all cotton grown in the state to protect Louisiana's cotton industry," Strain said. "Boll weevil traps are set along the edges of cotton fields, but gardeners outside traditional cotton growing areas may plant cotton, for example, to spin their own thread for fabric. Gardeners may also grow cotton for its ornamental appeal. If so, we have to place a boll weevil trap nearby to be sure we preserve our boll weevil-free status."
For more information, contact the Louisiana Boll Weevil Eradication Program office at 225-922-1338 or firstname.lastname@example.org.