Economics of Cogongrass Control in Slash Pine Forests

Cogonagrass (Imperata Cylindrica), an invasive weed, is a threat to slash pine forests. Using a dynamic optimization model, we estimated the impact of cogongrass on the profitability of slash pine forestry under four scenarios: no threat of cogongrass infestation; infestation is uncertain, and no control measures are taken; infestation is uncertain, but control measures are undertaken by one landowner but not the neighbors; and infestation is uncertain, and control measures are undertaken by everyone. Results indicate that annual net returns per acre under each scenario, respectively, are $25.30, $16.97, $13.89, and $17.38. Results suggest fostering a cooperative behavior among landowners is desirable.


Issue Date:
2008-06-12T16:06:04Z
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Record Identifier:
http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/37121
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/37121
Published in:
Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Volume 39, Issue Special Issue
Page range:
61-68
Total Pages:
8
JEL Codes:
Q0; Q2




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