New Mexico growers: Thin pest control hurts pecan bug fight

April 1, 2019

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Southeast New Mexico pecan growers say there aren’t enough qualified pest control professionals in the area to help eradicate an invasive bug.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports growers told New Mexico Department of Agriculture officials last week they want to get rid of the weevil but it’s hard to get overworked pest control workers to sites.

Eddy, Chaves, Lea and Curry counties were quarantined since last November, but Curry was later deemed controlled.

In late 2016, and January 2018, the weevil was found in pecan orchards in multiple southeastern New Mexico counties. The quarantine was intended to prevent the spread of the pecan weevil to the rest of the state until March 1, 2023.

Pecans were the highest crop commodity in the state in 2016 with cash receipts totaling $213 million.