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Cogongrass Control Program

Landowners with cogongrass infestations may apply for free herbicide treatments through the Mississippi Forestry Commission.

What is Cogongrass?

Cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica) is an invasive, non-native grass that occurs in the Southeast region of the United States.

It is considered to be an invasive species in 73 countries and one of the “Top 10 Worst Weeds in the World,” cogongrass affects pine productivity and survival, wildlife habitat, recreation, native plants, fire behavior, site management costs, and more.

Cogongrass has several common names, including Japanese bloodgrass, Red Baron, or Speargrass.

About the Cogongrass Control Program

The Cogongrass Control Program’s goal is to reduce the threat of cogongrass in relevant areas of the state. All work will occur within the boundaries of the State of Mississippi.

Applicants to the program may receive herbicide treatment of the affected areas of their property.

Priority Counties for 2021

  • George County
  • Greene County
  • Jackson County
  • Jones County
  • Perry County
  • Wayne County

Applications are also being accepted from landowners in other parts of the state who believe they have cogongrass on their property. However, limited funding is available and priority will be given to landowners in the above counties.

The deadline for applications is January 31, 2021.

More Information

For more information about the Cogongrass Control Program, please contact:

Michael Mathis
Forest Health Specialist
477 South Gate Road
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Cell: (601) 344-8599
Email: badplants@mfc.ms.gov