Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Ferguson, Jason Connor

Committee Member

Bond, Jason A.

Committee Member

Reynolds, Daniel B.

Committee Member

Larson, Erick J.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Plant and Soil Sciences (Weed Science)

Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Department of Plant and Soil Sciences


Studies were conducted in the field and in containers in Mississippi from 2017-2019 to optimize Italian ryegrass control in corn production. Most fall-applied residual herbicides provided ≥ 90% Italian ryegrass control 56 days after treatment (DAT) in both field and container experiments. Oxyflurofen provided 95% Italian ryegrass control 28 DAT but only 81% control 56 DAT in field plots. S-metolachlor plus atrazine followed by paraquat produced the highest return on investment for both site-years. The timing of removal study indicates the optimum time to remove Italian ryegrass relative to corn planting is approximately three to four weeks prior to planting. In the droplet size study, Italian ryegrass control when S-metolachlor was sprayed with the TTI was lower than when S-metolachlor was sprayed with the AIXR in containers 28 DAT. Italian ryegrass control when paraquat was sprayed with the AIXR was greater than when paraquat was sprayed with the TTI.



Italian ryegrass||Corn||Timing of removal||Italian ryegrass control||Residual herbicides