Declining Cotton Production

Photo of Boll Weevil

Boll weevil Source: New Georgia Encyclopedia

 The boll weevil began decimating crops in 1915.   It took several years to find a way to eradicate the pest.  Many farmers went deeper and deeper into debt when they lost their entire cotton crop several years in a row.  Cotton prices also dropped because of increasing competition from other countries.  Cotton production  in Georgia dropped from 5.2 million acres in 1914 to 115,000 acres in 1983.

Cotton Production 1956-1974

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