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July 18, 2017 - Filed Under: Natural Resources, Environment, Fisheries, Forestry, Invasive Plants, Marine Resources, Water, Wildlife

BILOXI, Miss. -- Individuals interested in learning more about conservation of Mississippi's natural resources can attend the Coastal Mississippi Master Naturalist class.

The seven-week course begins at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center, located at 1815 Popp's Ferry Road in Biloxi. Classes meet once a week at various locations through Oct. 17. Weekday classes meet from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Weekend classes begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.

Cogongrass is a hardy, fast-growing invasive weed that is spreading across the Southeast. Mississippi State University Extension Service weed scientist John Byrd said it has no value as forage and displaces native ecosystems. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kevin Hudson)
August 21, 2015 - Filed Under: Invasive Plants

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Cogongrass was introduced to Mississippi 100 years ago as a new forage crop, but it is now an invasive weed landowners and managers are trying to destroy.

John Byrd, weed scientist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said it was thought that this perennial grass had potential to benefit rural families.

Winter is one of the easiest times of the year to identify cogongrass, which many researchers have classified among the worst weeds in the world. Herbicide treatments applied in the early spring are instrumental in eliminating the noxious weed. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kevin Hudson)
February 6, 2015 - Filed Under: Weed Control for Crops, Invasive Plants

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Cogongrass will not be in bloom for at least another two months, but now is the time for people who suspect they may have this weed on their property to find out for sure.

The Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station hosts small-plot research on the Mississippi State University campus so researchers can evaluate residual control of glyphosate-resistant Italian ryegrass to determine the best practices for combating the weed. (Photo submitted)
February 2, 2015 - Filed Under: Weed Control for Crops, Invasive Plants

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- With spring right around the corner, experts say now is the time for producers to control weeds that have developed resistance to commonly used herbicides.

Jason Bond, associate research and Extension professor at the Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville, said glyphosate-resistant Italian ryegrass is a problem weed for producers in Mississippi.

Invasive cogongrass is taking over many Mississippi fields, including these in Clay County. Cogongrass is an exotic plant species from Asia that has aggressively expanded its range in the Southeastern United States and is difficult to control. (Photo courtesy of Rocky Lemus)
September 26, 2014 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Weed Control for Crops, Weed Control for Forages, Environment, Invasive Plants

Ray Iglay, Certified Wildlife Biologist
MSU Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Aquaculture

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Driving along Mississippi highways is always best when the surrounding landscapes capture the driver’s imagination. Our road systems serve as scenic byways showcasing nature’s beauty.

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