Source: Alabama Cooperative Extension System



Like an Old Testament prophet, Dr. Ray Dickens, now a retired Auburn University agronomy professor, was warning Alabamians more than 30 years ago about the heavy toll a noxious invasive weed ultimately would exact on the state and the southeastern United States. Today, many people in Alabama are becoming painfully aware of just how right he was about this virulent weed, often described out of a sense of frustration as the weed from hell, but more commonly known as cogongrass.



For many foresters, the virulent effects of cogongrass becomes most painfully apparent when they attempt to introduce new plantings to previously harvested forestland where huge understories of cogongrass are present.
"That is a recipe for complete stand failure," says Dr. Stephen Enloe, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System weed scientist and Auburn University assistant professor of agronomy and soils.



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