I was recently notified that TDA has decided to grant the cotton stalk destruction deadline for all of Pest Management Zone 3 until December 1, 2018. The deadline was extended due to the above average rainfall received during the last several weeks that has delayed field operations.
Pest Management Zone 3 consists of Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Gonzales, Harris, Jackson, Jefferson, Lavaca, Liberty, Matagorda, Orange, Waller, and Wharton counties.
Additionally, TDA has decided to deny the extension requests for Zone 6, Zone 8 Area 1, and Zone 8 Area 2. The recent cold spell in these zones has rendered the remaining cotton non-hostable.
Section 20.22 of the Texas Administrative Code provides that the Department may grant a blanket extension of the destruction deadline covering an entire cotton stalk destruction zone or a portion of an entire zone under certain circumstances.
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