TOMATOES - POSTEMERGENCE DIRECTED SPRAY - ESTABLISHED TOMATOES

General Information

GENERAL INFORMATION

SOIL TEXTURE: As used on the label, “Coarse soils” are loamy sand or sandy loam soils. “Medium soils” are loam, silt loam, silt, sandy clay, or sandy clay loam. “Fine soils” are silty clay, silty clay loam, clay, or clay loam. Silty clay loam soils are transitional soils and may be classified as medium textured soils in some regions of the U.S.

GENERAL PRECAUTIONS AND RESTRICTIONS

Do not allow sprays to drift on to adjacent desirable plants.

Apply this product only as specified on the label.

Do not use on other crops grown for food or forage.Observe all cautions and limitations on labeling of all products used in mixtures.

For all uses: Low-pressure and high-volume hand-wand equipment is prohibited.

APPLICATION OF METRIBUZIN DF WITH HERBICIDE SPRAY EQUIPMENT

Use a standard low pressure (20 to 40 psi.) herbicide boom sprayer equipped with suitable nozzles and screens no finer than 50-mesh in nozzle and in-line strainers. Agitate thoroughly before and during application with bypass agitation.

GROUND APPLICATION: Apply the proper rate of Metribuzin DF in a minimum of 10 to 40 gallons of spray mixture per acre broadcast.

Banded Application: Use proportionally less Metribuzin DF per acre in a band versus a broadcast application. For band application use 1/4 to 1 gallon of spray mix per inch of band width regardless of row spacing.

EXAMPLES: (1) To treat a 15-inch band on rows 30 inches apart, use one-half of the broadcast rate of Metribuzin. (2) To treat a 14-inch band on rows 42 inches apart, use one-third of the broadcast rate of Metribuzin.

AERIAL APPLICATION: Where permitted, apply specified rate in a minimum of 2 to 10 gallons of spray mixture per acre. Do not apply aerially when wind speed is greater than 10 mph.

NOTE: Do not apply aerially when Metribuzin is tank-mixed with Lasso.

For All Applications of Metribuzin DF: Sprayer must be accurately calibrated before applying Metribuzin DF. Check sprayer during application to be sure it is working properly and delivering a uniform spray pattern. As the volume of spray mixture decreases per acre, the importance of accurate calibration and uniform application increases. Avoid over application, misapplication, and boom and spray swath overlapping that will increase spray dosage. (Crop injury may occur as a result). Avoid spray skips and gaps which allow weeds to grow in untreated soil. Do not apply when weather conditions favor spray drift and/or when sensitive or cool season crops, such as cole crops, onions, peas, or strawberries are present in adjacent fields or in areas where wheat is growing in coarse textured soils.

COMMERCIAL IMPREGNATION AND APPLICATION OF METRIBUZIN DF ON DRY BULK FERTILIZER

Dry bulk fertilizer may be impregnated or coated with Metribuzin DF for application to established alfalfa and to soybeans. All recommendations, cautions, and special precautions on the label must be followed along with state regulations relating to dry bulk fertilizer blending, impregnating and labeling.

APPLICATION: Uniform application is essential for satisfactory weed control. Accurate calibration of fertilizer application equipment is essential for uniform distribution to the soil surface. The recommended method of application is to apply 1/2 the recommended rate and overlap 50 percent or to double apply by splitting the middles to obtain the best distribution pattern.

If fertilizer materials are excessively dusty, use diesel oil or other suitable additive to reduce dust prior to impregnation as dusty fertilizer will result in poor distribution during application. Crop injury and/or poor weed control may occur where the impregnated fertilizer is not uniformly applied.

INCORPORATION AND COMBINATION USES: When Metribuzin DF is to be used in combination with another herbicide, follow directions on the label for combinations, rates, crops, incorporation, and special precautions.

Limitations, Restrictions, and Exceptions

TOMATOES

Apply Metribuzin herbicide with ground equipment to seeded and transplanted tomatoes as specified below under “Recommended Applications”.

Aerial application is prohibited.

For effective control of grasses and broadleaf weeds with postemergence applications, apply Metribuzin DF before weeds are 1-inch tall. Thorough spray coverage on weed foliage is essential for adequate control with postemergence applications.

Do not use air blast or other high pressure spray equipment to make postemergence applications of Metribuzin DF. Refer to the appropriate section of the label for additional information regarding spray equipment, dilution rates, mixing, sprayer cleanup, restrictions, container disposal and cautions.

For specific application information see the “General Information” section in the front of the label.

Postemergence applications as directed on the label will suppress barnyardgrass and crabgrass when these weeds are less than 1-inch tall.

POSTEMERGENCE APPLICATIONS ESTABLISHED TOMATOES

For effective control of weeds with postemergence applications, apply Metribuzin DF before weeds are 1-inch tall.

Jimsonweed, Ladysthumb, Ragweed Common, Smartweed Pennsylvania, Velvetleaf, Foxtail Yellow: For optimum control of these weeds, use the highest rate recommended on the label for the type of application to be made. Repeat postemergence applications may be needed for best control.

Postemergence applications as directed on the label will suppress barnyardgrass and crabgrass when these weeds are less than 1-inch tall.

2/3 to 1-1/3 POSTEMERGENCE DIRECTED SPRAY - ESTABLISHED TOMATOES: Apply specified dosage in 20 or more gallons of water per acre as a directed spray. One or more applications may be applied per use season. Allow at least 14 days between applications or severe crop injury may occur. Avoid contacting tomato foliage with spray. This method of treatment is recommended for use in fields with a history of severe weed pressure or in fields infested with hard-to-control weeds. For transplanted tomatoes, do not apply until transplants have recovered from transplant shock and new growth is evident. Do not apply to tomatoes within 24 hours of application of other pesticides. (See \"Special Precautions\" below.) When banding see the appropriate section in the front of the label.

Use the higher rate in fields with a history of severe weed pressure and for maximum residual weed control.

SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS (Tomatoes):

Do not apply the total amount of 1 1/3 lb Metribuzin DF within a time span of less than 35 days, except in the case of directed sprays.

Allow at least 14 days between applications, regardless of dosage or method of application or severe crop injury may occur.

Do not apply within 7 days of harvest.

Do not apply within 3 days after periods of cool, wet or cloudy weather, or crop injury will occur.

Do not use hot caps on tomatoes within 7 days before or at any time after application of Metribuzin DF. Do not treat seeded tomatoes until plants have reached the 5 to 6 leaf stage or severe crop injury may occur.

Crop injury or delayed maturity may result from broadcast or directed spray applications if tomatoes are growing under stress conditions such as periods of drought or cool, wet and cloudy weather preceding application.

For newly introduced tomato varieties with unknown tolerance to Metribuzin, treat only a small area to determine if Metribuzin DF can be used without injury to the crop.

DO NOT USE METRIBUZIN DF ON TOMATOES IN KERN COUNTY, CALIFORNIA.

Method
Pre-Harvest Interval

7 days

Restricted Entry Interval

12 hours

Exception: If the product is soil-injected or soil-incorporated, the Worker Protection Standard, under certain circumstances, allows workers to enter the treated area if there will be no contact with anything that has been treated.