General Information


SPARTAN CHARGE is a selective herbicide that provides postemergent contact and soil residual weed control. SPARTAN CHARGE may be applied as a burndown prior to planting, early preplant, or as a preemergent application before or after weed emergence for control of susceptible broadleaf weeds. SPARTAN CHARGE is a 3.5 pound per gallon suspoemulsion containing the active ingredients carfentrazone-ethyl and sulfentrazone. Applications of SPARTAN CHARGE 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 CHARGE. In addition to general application information, refer to the specific directions of use for a particular crop/use pattern as set forth below.


SPARTAN CHARGE is to be mixed with water, liquid fertilizer, or mixtures of water and liquid fertilizer and applied in fallow systems or as a preplant burndown or preemergence herbicide to labeled crops. SPARTAN CHARGE provides postemergent contact and soil residual control of susceptible weed species.

Emerged, susceptible broadleaf weeds are easiest to control when they are small (less than 3 inches tall) and actively growing. Thorough coverage is essential for control of small susceptible broadleaf weeds. If thorough coverage is not achieved postemergent weed control will be poor. Always use the higher recommended rate of this product, for the appropriate soil texture and organic matter, when weed growth is dense or heavy, or when weeds are growing in an undisturbed or non-cultivated area. Reduced weed control may occur if weeds are experiencing drought stress, disease or insect damage, or when weeds are thickly covered with dust. For control of weeds not listed on the label SPARTAN CHARGE may be tank-mixed with other herbicides such as glyphosate. Read and follow all manufacturers' label recommendations for the companion herbicide(s) except for specific recommendations on the label. The use of a quality spray adjuvant is required for optimum control of emerged weeds. Refer to the individual crop recommendation sections of the label for specific adjuvant type and use rates.

The residual activity of SPARTAN CHARGE applications requires adequate moisture for herbicidal activation. The amount of residual activity is dependent on several factors. These factors include, but are not limited to, existing soil moisture at application, soil type, organic matter, and tilth. Where irrigation is not available and rainfall has not provided activation, particularly for surface applications of SPARTAN CHARGE, a shallow incorporation (less than 2”) is recommended for destruction of any existing weeds and to incorporate SPARTAN CHARGE. Herbicide incorporation will initiate the process of activation with existing soil moisture. In circumstances where rainfall has not occurred and/or irrigation is not possible, alternative or additional weed management practices may be required.

Under normal growing conditions, SPARTAN CHARGE exhibits excellent crop safety. Soil applications of SPARTAN CHARGE must be made before crop seed germination to prevent injury to the emerging crop seedlings. SPARTAN CHARGE applied after crop emergence will cause severe injury to the crop. Poor growing conditions, such as excessive moisture, cool temperatures, and soil compaction or the presence of various pathogens may impact seedling vigor. Under these conditions, the active ingredients in SPARTAN CHARGE can contribute to crop response. Refer to the specific directions of use for a particular crop/use pattern as set forth below for additional information.

Refer in the section of the label with regards to Environmental And Soil Factors Influencing Spartan Charge Applications.


Ground Application

Use a boom and nozzle sprayer equipped with the appropriate nozzles and screens and adjusted to provide optimum spray distribution and coverage at the appropriate operating pressures. Use nozzles that that produce minimal amounts of fine spray droplets. Do not exceed 30 psi spray pressure unless otherwise required by the manufacturer of drift reducing nozzles. Apply a minimum of 10 gallons of finished spray per acre. Use higher spray volumes when there is a dense weed population. Thorough coverage is essential for control of susceptible broadleaf weeds. Be aware that overlaps and slower ground speeds while starting, stopping, or turning while spraying may result in excessive application and subsequent crop response.

Continuous agitation is required until all spray mixture has been applied. Avoid swath overlaps. Shut off spray booms while turning, slowing or stopping, as over application may result. Do not allow SPARTAN CHARGE spray mixtures to sit overnight as settling of product and difficulty of re-suspending may occur.

To avoid injury to sensitive crops, spray equipment used for SPARTAN CHARGE applications must be drained and thoroughly cleaned with water CHARGE ammonia before being used to apply other products. See Spray Clean-out Section 23 on page 5.

Avoid all direct, and/or indirect spray contact with non-target plants.

Do not apply near desirable vegetation. Allow adequate distance between target area and desirable plants to minimize exposure.

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

Aerial Application

SPARTAN CHARGE may be applied by air using properly calibrated nozzle types and arrangements that will provide optimum coverage while producing minimal amounts of fine droplets. Apply sufficient spray volume to achieve adequate coverage. Apply a minimum of five (5) gallons of finished spray per acre. Do not apply when wind speed favors drift beyond the area intended for treatment.

Limitations, Restrictions, and Exceptions

TOBACCO (Burley, Flue Cured, and Dark)

Spartan Charge may be surface applied or preplant incorporated (to a depth no greater than 2 inches) from 14 days to 12 hours days prior to transplanting tobacco. Incorporating Spartan Charge deeper than 2 inches can result in inconsistent weed control.

Pre-Plant and Pre-Plant Incorporated Applications:

- Use higher rates for soils of pH less than 7.0 and lower rates for pH greater than 7.0 within the rate range.

Broadcast apply the appropriate Spartan Charge rate, in a minimum of 10 gallons per acre of water, to the soil prior to transplanting.

Non-Bedded (Fields where raised beds are NOT formed prior to transplanting) Perform all accepted cultural practices for land preparation, fertilizer/fungicide incorporation, etc. prior to the application of Spartan Charge. Once the field has been prepared for planting, Spartan Charge may be surface applied or lightly preplant incorporated from 14 days to 12 hours prior to transplanting.

If Spartan Charge is surface applied and it is necessary to remove equipment tracks from the field after application but prior to transplanting, any light finishing equipment may be used providing the soil is not disturbed to a depth greater than 2 inches.

If timely cultivations are not performed following a pre-transplant surface application, reduced/unacceptable weed control may occur in the drill.

Bedded (Fields where raised beds ARE formed PRIOR to transplanting)

Apply Spartan Charge to formed beds as a surface application from 14 days to 12 hours prior to transplanting. If it is customary to drag/knock down beds prior to transplanting, this procedure must be performed prior to the Spartan Charge application

When incorporating prior to bedding, Spartan Charge must be thoroughly and uniformly incorporated to a depth no greater than 2 inches to avoid concentrating Spartan Charge in the bed

If initial transplanting fails to produce a uniform stand, tobacco may be replanted. DO NOT re-treat field with a second application of Spartan Charge, or any other herbicide containing sulfentrazone. DO NOT rebed. Re-transplant into previously formed, treated beds.

For broad spectrum and optimum grass weed control a grass herbicide application will be required.

Restricted Entry Interval

12 hours