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Georgia's cotton comeback

December 26, 2007

Lowndes County - Farmers say a destructive beetle that nearly destroyed Georgia's cotton crop has been eradicated from the fields.

The boll weevil hit Georgia hard in the 1980's.

It nearly wiped out the cotton crop.  But an eradication effort that called for heavy pesticides and traps paid off.

Growers now say the beetle is gone and their crops are strong. 

"Not only did it get that cotton pest out of the production problems, it did away with the need to use some very harsh chemicals," says cotton grower Ellis Black.

Unfortunately, those chemicals killed off many beneficial insects crucial to farming.

Now that the beetles and chemicals are gone, farmers expect their return as well and better yields for all their crops.

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