Cary Blake 1, Editor

July 6, 2014

7 Slides

After about 50 years of eradication efforts, the end is likely near for the eradication of the western Cotton Belt's number one pest threat - the pink bollworm insect - which has cost cotton growers millions and millions of dollars in lost income.

“I believe that we have accomplished eradication,” says Clyde Sharp, an Arizona cotton grower and one of many western Cotton Belt leaders who have worked so hard to eradicate the "pinkie."

These photos are a look at the people and science which combined have led toward the demise of the pink bollworm in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and West Texas.

Official eradication could be declared in 2017 if no native pinkies are found in traps between now and then. 


About the Author(s)

Cary Blake 1

Editor, Western Farm Press

Cary Blake, associate editor with Western Farm Press, has 32 years experience as an agricultural journalist. Blake covered Midwest agriculture for 25 years on a statewide farm radio network and through television stories that blanketed the nation.
Blake traveled West in 2003. Today he reports on production agriculture in California and Arizona.
Blake is a native Mississippian, graduate of Mississippi State University, and a former Christmas tree grower.

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