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Cogongrass update. John Byrd Mississippi State University Mobile, AL. Effective Herbicides for cogongrass control. Imazapyr (Arsenal, Chopper, and generics) and glyphosate (Roundup, Accord, and generics)

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Cogongrass update

John Byrd

Mississippi State University

Mobile, AL


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Effective Herbicides for cogongrass control

  • Imazapyr (Arsenal, Chopper, and generics) and glyphosate (Roundup, Accord, and generics)

  • In older studies and recommendations, two soil sterilants, Hyvar X (bromacil) at 18 or 24 lb ai/A and Sahara a mixture of diuron plus imazapyr at 10.3 plus 1.3 lb ai/A controlled cogongrass better than glyphosate or imazapyr applied alone.


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Timing and sequence of glyphosate and imazapyr applications

  • Glyphosate applied in spring provides up to 90% control over summer months, but control typically drops below 40% prior to the next spring application. Cogongrass control with imazapyr applied only in spring requires a longer interval to reach an acceptable level compared to glyphosate applied at the same time. However, when repeated spring applications of imazapyr reach 80 to 90% control, it remains consistent until the next spring.


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Ropewick trials

  • While the level of cogongrass control was not as high as normally observed with imazapyr or glyphosate, 33 or 50% solutions applied with the ropewick allowed selective treatment in longleaf pine which is susceptible to injury from either herbicide at normally recommended application rates for cogongrass control.


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Wetblade mower

  • No herbicide treatment applied with the WetBlade controlled cogongrass as well as conventional hydraulic nozzles


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Additives to herbicide mixtures

  • Dyne A Pak, added at 1% of the spray volume, enhanced control of cogongrass with imazapyr applied at rates of 0.125, 0.25, 0.375, 0.5, 0.625 lb ai/A compared to a nonionic surfactant. As imazapyr rates increased, cogongrass control increased. A significant increase in visual control was only observed at imazapyr rates of 0.375 lb/A or less after 1 year after treatment, while no significant differences were measured in rhizome biomass for any treatments.


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Seedhead suppression

  • Applications of glyphosate at 0.5 or 1.0 lb ai/A, clethodim (Select) at 0.25 lb ai/A, imazapic (Plateau) at 0.25 lb ai/A, sulfometuron (Oust) at 0.09 lb ai/A, or imazapyr at 0.25 lb ai/A to cogongrass in dormant or boot head growth stage reduced the number of viable cogongrass seed produced. Trinexapac-ethyl at 0.08 lb ai/A did not impact the number of seedheads or live seed.


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Herbicide cropping systems

  • Cogongrass was controlled 60% by no-till drill planted soybean. Control improved to 95% with applications of either 1 lb ai glyphosate or 0.125 lb ai clethodim (Select or Intensity herbicides). However, soybean emergence has been successful at only one location each year.


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Herbicide cropping systems

  • After two consecutive years of treatment, cogongrass control in a cropping system of Clearfield corn planted no-till and treated with imazapyr at 0.38 lb ai/A Arsenal preemergence was statistically similar to cogongrass treated with 0.75 lb ai/A Arsenal without the Clearfield corn.

  • Wildlife activity as observed by tracks, scat, feeding signs, such as ears broken on stalk and fed upon, empty cobs on ground, etc. and actual animals disturbed indicated wildlife activity (dove, turkey, squirrel, deer, raccoon, rabbit) was much more prevalent in the Clearfield corn than in cogongrass only.


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Mechanical/herbicide combinations

  • When cogongrass foliage was removed by mowing or burning prior to application of glyphosate at 2.25 lb ai/A or 0.63 lb ai/A imazapyr control one year after treatment was significantly improved compared to no foliage removal.


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Mechanical control with tillage

  • Tillage prior to herbicide application improved cogongrass control 21 months after treatment regardless of herbicide applied as evaluated by stem and rhizome weights.

  • Without herbicide application, the rotary tiller provided the best cogongrass control.

  • There was no significant difference among herbicides following a tillage treatment.


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Mechanical control with mowing

  • Although impractical in most areas, frequent mowing over five years has shown positive rhizome control.


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Remote sensing

  • The results from this study show value for cogongrass detection with basic knowledge of classification techniques. However, intensive ground truthing is required for highly effective use.


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