​​​​​Kansas Boll Weevil Trapping Program

March 2020 | 9 min., 14 sec.
by Rex Friesen
Southern Kansas Cotton Growers Co-Op, Inc.

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The undetected establishment and proliferation of boll weevils in Kansas is a threat to Kansas cotton production, as well as cotton production in neighboring states. For this reason, the Kansas Cotton Association (KCA) has been working with Cotton Incorporated, the National Cotton Council, and the Texas and Oklahoma Boll Weevil Eradication Foundations to establish a boll weevil trapping program in Kansas. In 2019, a trapping program funded by Cotton Incorporated was carried out that focused on detecting boll weevils that were “hitch-hiking” on machinery coming to Kansas from infested areas in Texas. For 2020, a program designed to meet minimum trapping standards is being developed through cooperation between the KCA and national and state entities.​

About the Presenter

Rex FriesenRex Friesen was born in Bakersfield, California, and grew up in Shafter, a small farm town in the San Joaquin Valley. He graduated from California State University at Fresno in 1983 with a BA in biology and from the University of California at Riverside in 1991 with a PhD in population biology. His dissertation research was on the integration of agronomic and pest management practices to reduce pest impact in cotton. Friesen worked as a postdoctorate foreign exploration research entomologist for the USDA Department of Forestry from 1991 to 1995 and was assigned to the problem of biological control of a major weed species in Hawaii. From 1995 to 2000, he worked for the Texas A&M Extension Service as an integrated pest management agent in Fort Stockton and the surrounding area, primarily assisting growers in pest management in cotton and alfalfa. In 2000, he moved to Oxford, Kansas, to supervise the Southern Kansas Cotton Growers (SKCG) Cooperative field scouting program, which he did for several years. He continues to serve as the SKCG crop consultant and public relations representative, providing information for growers on “most things cotton,” including production, harvest, ginning, and other pertinent topics.

Contact Information:
Email: southern.kansas.2@pcca.com


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