Thursday, November 23, 2017 by Janine Acero
Pure metolachlor is an odorless, off-white to colorless liquid. It is an organic compound used as a pre-emergence herbicide. It controls certain broadleaf and annual grassy weeds in field corn, peanuts, potatoes, pod crops, cotton, safflower, stone fruits, nut trees and woody ornamentals.
Metolachlor inhibits protein synthesis, which makes high-protein crops like soybeans prone to adverse affects by excessive application. Additives may be included in product formulations to help protect sensitive crops such as grain sorghum from injury.
Trade names for products containing metolachlor include Bicep, CGA-24705, Dual, Pennant, and Pimagram. Metolachlor may be used in formulations with other pesticides including atrazine, cyanazine, and fluometuron.
In formulations, metolachlor’s color ranges from opaque white to tan. Metolachlor is a combustible substance and is insoluble in ethylene glycol and propylene glycol.
Metolachlor may cause mild to moderate skin irritation, based on animal tests. The compound is also fatal if inhaled. In severe aspiration, respiratory tract irritation can progress to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) or acute lung injury.
Ingestion of metolachlor or any caustic chemicals can cause burning of the esophagus or gastrointestinal tract and abdominal cramps.
Other side effects of intoxication by metolachlor include:
The cancer classification for metolachlor according to the PubChem database is “Group C Possible Human Carcinogen”.
Many chemicals cause irritation of the eyes, skin, and respiratory tract. Severe cases may lead to central nervous system depression, liver damage, cardiovascular failure and reproductive effects.
Metolachlor controls broadleaf and annual grassy weeds in field corn, peanuts, potatoes, pod crops, cotton, safflower, stone fruits, nut trees and woody ornamentals.
Products using metolachlor as an active ingredient include:
Observe the following safety measurements before occupational handling, mixing and application of metolachlor:
Metolachlor is known to be very toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects. Do NOT let this chemical enter the environment. Collect leaking and spilled liquid in covered containers, then store and dispose of according to local regulations.
Keep this substance separated from food and feedstuff in well-closed containers.
Metolachlor is an odorless, off-white to colorless liquid. In formulations, metolachlor’s color ranges from opaque white to tan.
Metolachlor is used as a pre-emergence herbicide. It controls certain broadleaf and annual grassy weeds in in field corn, pod crops, stone fruits, nut trees and woody ornamentals, among others.
Metolachlor is classified as a possible human carcinogen. It affects the eyes, skin, and respiratory tract. Severe cases may lead to liver damage.
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