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.
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Varmints! Podcast: https://varmints.podbean.com/
Matt Shipman, NC State, 2017: The Boll Weevil War, or How Farmers and Scientists Saved Cotton in the South: https://news.ncsu.edu/2017/05/boll-weevil-war-2017/
Boll Weevil by The Presidents of the United States of America: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uBmii5es7Q
Boll Weevil Monument: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boll_Weevil_Monument
Boll Weevil Economic Impact: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boll_weevil#Impact
Encyclopedia Entry for Boll Weevil: https://www.britannica.com/animal/boll-weevil
National Cotton Council of America: https://www.cotton.org/tech/pest/bollweevil/eradication4.cfm
The Boll Weevil in Missouri: https://extension.missouri.edu/publications/g4255
Boll Weevil Eradication: https://www.cotton.org/tech/pest/bollweevil/eradication2.cfm
Boll Weevil general info: https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Anthonomus_grandis/
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