Comparison of alternative kudzu control measures on a before-tax basis in MississippiThis article is part of a larger document. View the larger document here.
Kudzu [Pueraria Montana var. lobata (Willd.)] was initially planted in the Southern United States for a variety of uses. Changing land use and homestead abandonment over time has lead to the spread of kudzu across the countryside. The species may now be considered as the original invasive exotic species in the South. Currently, it is believed that kudzu covers more than seven million acres which prevents uses such as timber production and establishment of carbon plantations. Landowners wanting to reclaim these occupied sites need information that examines the biological and economic tradeoffs of alternative control measures. Using data collected on sites in MS, this study examines the financial tradeoffs of controlling kudzu using different herbicide regimes applied by a ground dispersion unit. This analysis is done on a before-tax basis using standard financial criteria. The results suggest that the most cost-effective way to control kudzu patches is to spray using Escort XP regardless of patch age.