General Information



- The microencapsulation of clomazone, the active ingredient in Command 3ME, is intended to minimize movement away from the site of application. Avoid making applications when spray particles may be carried by air currents to areas where sensitive crops and plants are growing, or when temperature inversions exist. Leave an adequate buffer zone between the area to be treated and desirable plants. Coarse sprays are less likely to drift out of the target area than fine sprays.

- Foliar contact with spray drift or vapors may cause foliar whitening or yellowing of sensitive plants. Symptoms are generally temporary in nature, but may persist on some plant species.

Application precautions must be taken as follows:

- Do not apply aerially or through irrigation equipment.

- Observe all buffer restrictions.

- Do not apply Command 3ME within 1,200 feet of the following areas: Towns and Housing Developments, Commercial Fruit/Nut or Vegetable Production, Commercial Greenhouses or Nurseries.

Except for peppers, pumpkins, succulent peas, sweet corn, sweet potato, and winter squash.

- Before application, determine air movement and direction.

- Do not apply in winds above 10 miles per hour.

- Do not apply Command 3ME herbicide to non-field areas including fence rows, waterways, ditches, and roadsides.

- When moving spray equipment to noncontiguous sites, do not allow spray solution to spray or drip from tanks, hoses, fittings or spray nozzles and tips.

Refer to individual crop use directions for additional requirements.


Care must be taken when mixing Command 3ME herbicide. Avoid mixing in areas adjacent to desirable plants.

Command 3ME Alone: Mix Command 3ME with water or liquid fertilizer in the following manner: Fill the spray tank one-half to three-fourths full with water or liquid fertilizer, add the proper amount of Command 3ME, then add the rest of the water or liquid fertilizer. Provide sufficient agitation during mixing and application to maintain a uniform spray mixture.


Ground Applications

Broadcast or Banded Applications: Apply Command 3ME alone or in tank mix combinations by ground equipment using a finished spray volume of 10 to 40 gallons of water per acre. Use nozzles suitable for broadcast boom or banded application of herbicides. Coarse sprays are less likely to drift out of the target area than fine sprays. See “GENERAL APPLICATION PRECAUTIONS” and “SPRAY DRIFT PRECAUTIONS sections for specific recommendations to reduce spray drift. For Command 3ME tank mixtures with wettable powder or dry flowable formulations, nozzle screens and strainers should be no finer than 50- mesh.

Command 3 ME may be used as a preemergent soil surface applied treatment from 30 days before planting to just prior to crop emergence. If field conditions indicate the need for additional seedbed preparation, the use of equipment which will move the herbicide no deeper than 11/2 - 2” is acceptable.

Cultivation After Planting

If cultivation is necessary because of soil crusting, compaction, or weed emergence, soil treated with Command 3ME may be shallow-cultivated (no deeper than 11/ 2 - 2”) or rotary-hoed without reducing the weed control activity of Command 3ME. Avoid deep cultivation which may bring untreated soil to the surface and result in poor weed control.

Limitations, Restrictions, and Exceptions



Command 3ME herbicide may be utilized as a preemergent soil applied treatment for the control of annual grass and broadleaf weeds in sugarcane.

Command 3ME may be applied in late summer or early fall to newly planted sugarcane and to newly planted or ratoon sugarcane as a preemerge in spring through layby.


Off-site movement of spray drift or vapors of Command 3ME herbicide can cause foliar whitening or yellowing of some plants.

Do not apply Command 3ME herbicide within 1,200 feet of the areas listed below:

Towns and Housing Developments

Commercial Vegetable Production (except peppers, pumpkins,

succulent peas, sweet corn, sweet potato and winter squash)

Commercial Fruit/Nut production

Commercial Nurseries

Commercial Greenhouses

Avoid making applications when air currents may carry spray particles to ares where sensitive crops and plants are growing, or when temperature inversions exist. Prior to application, adjacent properties must be checked, and spraying within 300 feet of desirable plants must be avoided.


For preemergent-banded treatments, refer to the directions for banded application in the GENERAL APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS section.


If the initial planting of newly planted cane fails to produce a uniform stand sugarcane may be replanted in fields treated with Command 3ME alone. Do not retreat fields with a second application of Command 3ME. When tank mixing with a labeled product, refer to the replant instructions for that product. Do not replant treated fields with any crop at intervals that are inconsistent with the ROTATIONAL CROP RESTRICTIONS on the Command 3ME label. Where a tank mix is used, refer to the product’s labels for any additional replant instructions. Follow the most restrictive precautions and instructions for all products used.

For Suppression, Command 3ME at 1.25 LB. AI (31/3 pints) applied immediately after planted sugarcane in late summer and early fall has been effective in delaying Bermudagrass reestablishment.

For control of Itchgrass, do not incorporate Command 3ME. For heavy weed population and heavy soils use 31/3 pints.

Partially Control; Red Rice, Kochia, Pennsylvania Smartweed, Junglerice, Shattercane, Wild Proso Millet, Balloonvine, Black Nightshade,Joint Vetch, Pigweed Redroot, Smooth and Redvine.


Do not apply Command 3ME within 120 days prior to harvest on sugarcane for milling.

Do not apply aerially or through irrigation equipment.

Do not allow livestock to graze on treated sugarcane forage or trash, or feed treated sugarcane forage or trash to livestock.

Pre-Harvest Interval

120 days

Restricted Entry Interval

12 hours