And cotton crops would often fail when pests like the boll weevil tore through the fields.
The boll weevil means diversified farming and stock raising.
Of late years the greatest pest has been the Mexican boll weevil.
Scientists are now looking for some insect enemy of the boll weevil that will restore the equilibrium.
To explain this, we must start in by a sort of detour, with the boll weevil.
Profitable crops of cotton can be grown in spite of the boll weevil and cotton is not now a surplus money crop.
The boll weevil came along and wiped out his intermediate cotton crops.
Many of the cotton farmers who are in debt when the boll weevil comes lose their homes.
The Indians in part of Guatemala raise cotton, although the boll weevil is abundant.
The boll weevil, because of the protection offered by the cotton boll, is very difficult to exterminate.
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[1900s+; fr the insidious reputation of the boll weevil, an insect that eats cotton bolls]