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Welcome to the web home for Field, Lab, Earth, the podcast from the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America. The podcast all about past and present advances in agronomic, crop, soil, and environmental sciences, our show features timely interviews with our authors about research in these fields.

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Oct 31, 2021

Boll weevils are an agricultural pest that feeds primarily on cotton. After their arrival in the 1890s, they caused devastation across the South-Eastern United States, starting a battle that’s raged for more than 130 years. This episode, Paul Csomo of the award-winning Varmints! podcast joins us to discuss these creatures, their adaptions, and their agricultural history.

Tune in to learn:

  • How many types of weevils are in the world
  • How boll weevils shaped agriculture in the South-Eastern United States
  • How scientists, farmers, and government agencies united to eradicate the boll weevil threat
  • How boll weevils have slipped into pop culture today

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Twitter: @varmintspodcast


CEU Quiz: 

Varmints! Podcast:

Matt Shipman, NC State, 2017: The Boll Weevil War, or How Farmers and Scientists Saved Cotton in the South:

Boll Weevil by The Presidents of the United States of America:

Boll Weevil Monument:

Boll Weevil Economic Impact:

Encyclopedia Entry for Boll Weevil:

National Cotton Council of America:

The Great Migration:,from%20about%201916%20to%201970

The Boll Weevil in Missouri:

Boll Weevil Eradication:

Boll Weevil general info:

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