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How to Organize and Perform a R.O.W. Program with Partners. Chris Bryan – Roadside Development Manager Mississippi Department of Transportation District 6. Introduction to Cogongrass. District 6 – May 2002 * Cogongrass already at level that seemed insurmountable.

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how to organize and perform a r o w program with partners

How to Organize and Perform a R.O.W. Program with Partners

Chris Bryan – Roadside Development Manager

Mississippi Department of Transportation

District 6

introduction to cogongrass
Introduction to Cogongrass
  • District 6 – May 2002

* Cogongrass already at level that seemed insurmountable.

* No measures being taken to combat this widespread problem.

* Where do we go from here?

starting the process
Starting the Process
  • Cogongrass Awareness

* Meeting in Kiln, MS formed the Mississippi Cogongrass Taskforce.

* Public education and measures to be taken for combating cogongrass.

* Meeting in Waynesboro, MS brought about “Good Neighbor Policy”.

* Creating a plan of action for the MDOT in

District 6.

good neighbor policy
“Good Neighbor Policy”
  • Implemented mainly by word of mouth.

* Bureau of Plant Industry and NRCS grants.

* Mississippi Coastal Plains RC&D education program.

* Organizations such as MVMA, NRVMA and Southern Weed Science Society.

* Employees of MDOT spreading the word when approached by the public.

how the good neighbor policy works
How the “Good Neighbor Policy” works.
  • A landowner calls in to a MDOT Office and states that they have cogongrass adjacent to their property.
  • Meet with the landowner to get the boundaries of their property.
  • Make the herbicide application on the site.
  • Keep in contact with the landowner to spray any re-growth.
working with partners
Working with Partners
  • Partnership formed with MDOT, MSU and DEQ on a seedhead suppression study on Highway 63 in Jackson County.
  • Applying several herbicides with the intentions of cutting down on the number of windblown seeds.
working with partners continued
Working with Partners continued
  • Embarked on a partnership to spray an area of interest in four coastal counties.
  • Parties involved included MDOT, Coastal Plains RC&D, USDA, NWTF, NRCS, U.S. Forest Service and the counties involved.
  • In the process of erecting signs for public awareness.
herbicide mixtures for cogongrass
Herbicide Mixtures for Cogongrass
  • Mixture for areas with no hardwood trees:

* Glyphosate – 2% V/V

* Imazapyr (2 lbs. A.I.) – 1% V/V

* Non-Ionic Surfactant - .25% V/V

mixtures continued
Mixtures continued
  • Areas with hardwood trees:

* Glyphosate – 2% V/V

* Non-Ionic Surfactant - .25% V/V

  • Seedhead Suppression:

* Imazapic – 12 fl oz./acre

* Non-Ionic Surfactant - .25% V/V

initial control practices
Initial Control Practices
  • Targeted four lane systems.
  • Landowners that called in for the “Good Neighbor Policy”
  • Seedhead Suppression on areas that were highly infested.
current practices
Current Practices
  • Still targeting four lane systems.
  • Spraying of areas that have re-growth or was missed on the initial application.
  • Adapting the “Good Neighbor Policy” to include whole routes when able.
  • Spraying new construction areas before the start of initial clearing.
  • Spraying newly established construction areas when cogongrass is detected.
current practices cont
Current Practices cont.
  • Continuing our seedhead suppression program this winter.
  • Avoiding areas in our mowing cycle with cogongrass in bloom.
  • Making sure mowers are cleaned before leaving a cogongrass infested area.
  • Working closely with Coastal Plains RC&D on more areas for partnership.