General Information


Some weeds are known to develop resistance to herbicides that have been used repeatedly. While the development of herbicide resistance is well understood, it is not easily predicted. Therefore herbicides should be used in conjunction with the resistance management strategies in the area. Consult the local or State agricultural advisors for details. If herbicide resistance should develop in the area, this product used alone may not continue to provide sufficient levels of weed control. If the reduced levels of control can not be attributed to improper application techniques, improper use rates, improper application timing, unfavorable weather conditions or abnormally high weed pressure, a resistant strain of weeds may have developed.

To reduce the potential for weed resistance use this product in a rotation program with other classes of chemistry and modes of action. Always apply this product at the recommended rates and in accordance with the use directions. Do not use less than recommended label rates alone or in tank mixtures. Do not use reduced rates of the tank mix partner. For optimum performance, scout fields carefully and begin applications when weeds are smaller rather than larger. If resistance is suspected, contact the local or State agricultural advisors.


Spartan 4F is a selective soil-applied herbicide for the control of susceptible broadleaf, grass and sedge weeds. Spartan 4F is formulated as a 4 pounds per gallon flowable containing the active ingredient, sulfentrazone. If adequate moisture (1/2\" to 1\") from rainfall or irrigation is not received within 7 to 10 days after the Spartan treatment, a shallow incorporation may be needed to obtain desired weed control. When activating moisture is received after dry conditions, Spartan will provide a reduced level of control of susceptible germinating weeds. Soil applications of Spartan must be made before crop seed germination to prevent injury to the emerging crop seedlings. When applications after planting are delayed, injury may occur if seeds are germinating or if they are located near the soil surface.

Observe all instructions, crop restrictions, mixing directions, application precautions, replanting directions, rotational crop guidelines and other label information of each product when tank mixing with Spartan.

Proper handling instructions: Spartan 4F may not be mixed or loaded within 50 feet of any wells (including abandoned wells and drainage wells), sinkholes, perennial or intermittent streams and rivers, and natural or impounded lakes and reservoirs. This setback does not apply to properly capped or plugged abandoned wells and does not apply to impervious pads or properly diked mixing/loading areas.

Operations that involve mixing, loading, rinsing, or washing of this product into or from pesticide handling or application equipment or containers within 50 feet of any well are prohibited unless conducted on an impervious pad constructed to withstand the weight of the heaviest load that may be positioned on or moved across the pad. Such a pad shall be designed and maintained to contain any product spills or equipment leaks, container or equipment rinse or washwater, and rainwater that may fall on the pad. Surface water shall not be allowed to either flow over or from the pad, which means the pad must be self-contained. The pad shall be sloped to facilitate material removal. An unroofed pad shall be of sufficient capacity to contain at a minimum 110% of the capacity of the largest pesticide container or application equipment on the pad. A pad that is covered by a roof of sufficient size to completely exclude precipitation from contact with the pad shall have a minimum containment capacity of 100% of the capacity of the largest pesticide container or application equipment on the pad. Containment capacities as described above shall be maintained at all times. The above specific minimum containment capacities do not apply to vehicles when delivering pesticide shipments to the mixing/loading site. States may have in effect additional requirements regarding wellhead setbacks and operational containment.

Product must be used in a manner that will prevent back siphoning in wells, spills or improper disposal of excess pesticide, spray mixtures or rinsates.


Spartan 4F may be applied to soil as a preplant incorporated treatment or as a pre-emergence (prior to weed and/or crop emergence) surface application. Additional application methods include post-plant treatments, over-the-top and layby, in various crops. Application methods are defined in the following Crop Use Directions sections.

Preplant incorporated treatments require a uniform surface application followed by incorporation. Do not incorporate to a depth greater than 2 inches which may result in poor weed control. Care must be taken not to create overlaps in treated zones due to soil movement, which will result in excessive Spartan 4F rates that could result in adverse crop response.

All soil applications and the residual activity of post-plant applications of Spartan 4F require adequate moisture for herbicidal activation. The ultimate amount of moisture, whether supplied by rainfall or irrigation, is dependent on several factors. These factors include but are not limited to existing soil moisture at application, soil type, organic matter and tilth. In crop situations dependent on rainfall, Spartan 4F can await activating moisture for extended periods (10 to 14 days or longer) depending on the soil parameters described above. Once activated, Spartan 4F will provide activity on existing weeds. The level of activity will depend on the weed species and their size at time of activation. Where irrigation is not available and rainfall has not provided activation, particularly for surface applications of Spartan 4F, a shallow incorporation is recommended for destruction of any germinating weeds and to incorporate Spartan 4F. Herbicide incorporation will initiate the process of activation with existing soil moisture. In circumstances where prolonged periods without rainfall and/or irrigation is not possible, alternative or additional weed management practices (cultivation or post-applied herbicides) may be required.

Extreme care must be exercised and the Crop Specific Use Directions followed exactly in crops allowing post plant applications of Spartan 4F. Over-the-top and lay-by applications will provide contact and residual weed control, depending on species. The addition of surfactants may increase contact weed control performance but may also increase the risk of adverse crop response as well.


The following directions for the selection of Spartan 4F application rates are critical to achieve maximum performance and to insure maximum crop safety. The user is required to read and follow the specific Spartan use directions and restrictions for each crop as defined in subsequent sections of the label. The user is cautioned that some crops respond differently to Spartan 4F. This response is governed by the Spartan 4F application rate, various soil factors and inherent crop sensitivity. The Crop Specific Use Directions have been designed to minimize the risk of adverse crop response while maintaining optimum weed control.

Mode of Action

Sulfentrazone, the active ingredient in Spartan 4F, is a potent inhibitor of the enzyme Protoporpyrinogen Oxidase IX (PPO IX) required for the formation of chlorophyll. Inhibition of PPO IX enzyme results in the liberation of singlet oxygen (O) that, in turn, disrupts cellular membranes and causes cellular leakage. The ultimate manifestation of the process is cellular death leading to plant death. The selective herbicidal activity of sulfentrazone is based on its greater affinity for the PPO IX enzyme in weed species versus crop plants.

Mechanism of Action

Following the application of Spartan 4F to soil, germinating seeds and seedlings take up sulfentrazone from the soil solution. The amount of sulfentrazone in soil solution, and available for weed uptake, is determined primarily by soil type, organic matter and soil pH. Sulfentrazone adsorbs to the clay and organic matter (OM) fractions of soils; effectively limiting the amount of active ingredient immediately available to control weeds. Soils typically increase in clay content through the series from coarse to fine.


Ground Application

Utilize a boom and nozzle sprayer equipped with the appropriate nozzles, spray tips and screens and adjusted to provide optimum spray distribution and coverage at the appropriate operating pressures. Utilize nozzles that produce minimal amounts of fine spray droplets to avoid spray drift or inadequate foliar and/or soil coverage. Apply a minimum of 10 gallons of finished spray per acre by ground. Be aware that overlaps and slower ground speeds while starting, stopping or turning while spraying may result in excessive application and subsequent crop response.

Do not apply when wind speed favors drift beyond the area intended for treatment.

Aerial Application

Use nozzle types and arrangements that will provide optimum coverage while producing a minimal amount of fine droplets. Apply sufficient spray volume to achieve adequate coverage. Apply a minimum of 5 gallons of finished spray per acre.

Do not apply when wind speed favors drift beyond the area intended for treatment.

Refer to the label to determine the specific use rate for band treatments.

Limitations, Restrictions, and Exceptions


Spartan 4F may be applied to established seeded, sodded or sprigged turfgrasses following the second mowing for the control of key grass, sedge and broadleaf weeds. Turf grasses must have developed to a uniform stand with healthy root systems prior to application. Applications must be avoided to grasses weakened by stresses of weather, disease or mechanical influences.

Postemergence Control of Broadleaf Weeds

Spartan 4F may be applied to established turf grasses for the control or suppression of broadleaf weeds. Select the correct Spartan 4F use rate from Table 17 of the label. For optimum results, Spartan applications should be made shortly after weeds have emerged.

Spartan 4F may be tankmixed with other herbicides, insecticides and fungicides registered for use on turfgrasses. Read and follow the label recommendations of the tank mix partner to determine turfgrass specie tolerance, use rates and application requirements. Follow all label restrictions, use directions and precautionary statements before use.


The use of additional surfactants may cause temporary undesirable effects to turfgrasses.


Sod production areas must be established six (6) months prior to the initial treatment of Spartan 4F.

Do not apply Spartan 4F to golf course greens or tees.

Do not apply Spartan 4F to turf grasses not listed on the label.

Do not add other surfactants without on-site evaluations for spray mixture compatibility and physical effects to turf grasses.

Do not graze or feed forage harvested from Spartan 4F treated areas.

Do not apply to landscape ornamental plants or ornamental beds.

Do not harvest sod within three (3) months of Spartan 4F application.

Pre-Harvest Interval

3 months

Restricted Entry Interval

12 hours