CHEMICAL UPDATE: FERTILIZER/PESTICIDE COMBINATIONS

As an expansion of our Turfgrass Chemical Updates, Grounds Maintenance publishes additional Updates throughout the year. After all, you use more than just straight herbicides, insecticides and fungicides, and you need a resource for the other products you use. This month's Update features chemical + fertilizer combinations.

Unlike our previous updates, these tables do not cross-reference chemicals with pests controlled or other information — you can find this information in prior Updates. The lists here provide an overview of available products, including fertilizer analysis, percent active ingredient and available brands. (“Various,” under “Fertilizer analysis,” means the supplier formulates the active ingredient with numerous fertilizer analyses, or custom blends the combination.)

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One big advantage of combination products is that you can fertilize and control pests with a single application. This is extremely efficient, but you must ensure that you find a product that matches your management strategy with both the fertilizer and the pesticide. Combination products require appropriate timing and rates for both the fertilizer and the chemical.

Because the rates of the fertilizer and the pesticide are linked with combination products, you sacrifice some flexibility. For example, if you decided to put the fertilizer down at a higher rate for some extra nitrogen, you would probably violate the label rate for the active ingredient. However, when timing and rates match your goals, there's no way to beat the economy of one granular application to make two treatments.

The fertilizer component of combination products varies. It may include fast- or slow-release fertilizers (usually some of both) and the analyses cover nearly the entire fertilizer spectrum. For more specific information about fertilizer characteristics, consult with the supplier.

Pre-emergence herbicides are the most numerous of the available combination products. This makes sense, because turf managers typically apply pre-emergents and fertilizers at about the same time (spring, for example) and in a similar manner (by spreader). That's why most major pre-emergents are available in combination with fertilizers.

Post-emergence herbicides also are available with fertilizers. These are the so-called “weed-and-feed” products that are perhaps more popular in the retail market. However, commercial operators often take advantage of the ease of application offered by granular formulations.

Insecticides comprise a much smaller number of combination products. However, if you're looking for grub controls, you'll find no shortage of options. Dursban, a staple product for many pest-control programs (and still available until existing stocks are used up), also is available as a combination product. Finally, though relatively few in number, several valuable fungicides are available in combination with fertilizer.

When you use combination products, don't forget that you are working with pesticides, and you must follow all label instructions. This listing is not a recommendation, nor a substitute for application instructions. If you would like more information about a product, contact the supplier via the information supplied in this Update. The supplier can provide you with additional information, including labels, and help you locate a distributor near you.

WHY NOT LIQUIDS?

Many turf managers use liquid, tank-mixed combinations of fertilizers and pesticides. However, all of the products listed here are granular formulations. Why? Most manufacturers do not make pre-mixed liquid combinations because it's relatively simple for applicators to create such tank mixes on their own. This is a common practice of lawn-care operators, for example. Granular mixes, by contrast, are best left to chemical manufacturers, who can homogenize their products so that they spread uniformly. (Mixing two separate granular products on your own could cause non-uniform coverage because granules of various sizes and weights may travel different distances when thrown from a spreader.)

PRE-EMERGENCE HERBICIDES + FERTILIZERS*
% A.I. Analysis Supplier
ATRAZINE + FERTILIZER
1.055 29-3-4 Andersons
.76 17-4-6 LESCO
.76 0-0-7 LESCO
.92 20-0-2 LESCO
.92 20-2-10 LESCO
BENEFIN + TRIFLURALIN (TEAM) + DURSBAN INSECTICIDE + FERTILIZER
** 19-3-5 Andersons
BENEFIN + TRIFLURALIN (TEAM) + FERTILIZER
** Various Andersons
** 16-6-8 Best/Simplot
** Various Dow AgroSciences
** Various Howard Johnson's
** Various Lebanon
** Various LESCO
** Various Regal
** Various Rockland
** Various UHS
DITHIOPYR (DIMENSION) + FERTILIZER
.103 Various Andersons
.164 Various Andersons
.17 14-0-14 Andersons
.25 Various Andersons
.20 Various Best/Simplot
.086 Various Howard Johnson's
.107 Various Howard Johnson's
.13 Various Howard Johnson's
.172 Various Howard Johnson's
.09 Various Lebanon
.13 Various Lebanon
.07 Various LESCO
.10 Various LESCO
.15 Various LESCO
.21 Various LESCO
ISOXABEN (GALLERY) + FERTILIZER***
.38 Various Proscape/Lebanon
.19 Various Lebanon
.38 Various Howard Johnson's
ORYZALIN (SURFLAN) + FERTILIZER
.75 Various Howard Johnson's
1.0 Various Howard Johnson's
.75 Various ProSource One
OXADIAZON (RONSTAR) + FERTILIZER
1.0 Various Andersons
1.38 Various Andersons
1.5 Various Andersons
1.0 Various Howard Johnson's
1.5 Various Howard Johnson's
1.38 Various Andersons
1.0 Various Lebanon
1.73 Various Lebanon
.63 Various LESCO
.95 Various LESCO
1.0 Various Regal
2.0 Various Regal
.67 Various UHS
OXADIAZON (RONSTAR) + BENEFIN + FERTILIZER
** 38-0-0 Regal
OXADIAZON (RONSTAR) + DITHIOPYR (DIMENSION) + FERTILIZER
** Various LESCO
** 36-0-0 Andersons
OXADIAZON (RONSTAR) + PENDIMETHALIN (PENDULUM) + FERTILIZER
28-0-0 Andersons
OXADIAZON (RONSTAR) + PRODIAMINE (BARRICADE) + FERTILIZER
** Various Regal
PENDIMETHALIN (PENDULUM) + FERTILIZER
.75 22-0-6 Andersons
.84 0-0-13 Andersons
.86 Various Andersons
1.07 14-0-14 Andersons
.86 Various LESCO
1.0 Various LESCO
1.31 Various LESCO
1.5 Various LESCO
1.0 20-4-10 Lebanon
.69 Various UHS
.75 Various UHS
.86 Various UHS
PRODIAMINE (BARRICADE) + FERTILIZER
.287 Various Andersons
.426 Various Andersons
.48 Various Andersons
.40 Various Best/Simplot
.20 Various Howard Johnson's
.29 Various Howard Johnson's
.37 Various Howard Johnson's
.58 Various Howard Johnson's
.29 Various Lebanon
.38 Various Lebanon
.25 19-4-6 ProSource One
.38 Various ProSource One
.25 Various Regal
.30 Various Regal
.37 Various Regal
.50 Various Regal
.287 15-3-5 Rockland
.29 Various UHS
.37 Various UHS
.50 Various UHS
SIDURON (TUPERSAN) + FERTILIZER
3.1 16-21-4 Andersons
3.5 12-24-12 Andersons
3.71 Various Howard Johnson's
3.71 12-24-11 Lebanon
3.59 10-20-15 Rockland
* Inclusion in these listings does not imply endorsement on the part of the publisher or author. Neither does omission imply criticism.
** Percent active ingredient is not given for multiple-a.i. products.
***Some classify as post-emergent.

POST-EMERGENCE BROADLEAF HERBICIDES + FERTILIZERS*
Analysis Supplier
2,4-D + MCPP + DICAMBA (TRIMEC) + FERTILIZER
Various Andersons
16-6-8 Best/Simplot
Various Howard Johnson's
Various Lebanon
25-3-5 Rockland
2,4-D + MCPP + FERTILIZER
Various Howard Johnson's
2,4-D + MCPP + 2,4-DP + FERTILIZER
Various LESCO
2,4-D + CLOPYRALID + DICAMBA
Various Andersons
TRICLOPYR + CLOPYRALID (CONFRONT) + FERTILIZER
19-2-9 Lebanon
TRICLOPYR + CLOPYRALID + 2,4-D + FERTILIZER
21-0-12 LESCO
0-0-7 LESCO
POST-EMERGENCE + PRE-EMERGENCE HERBICIDES + FERTILIZER
TRICLOPYR + CLOPYRALID + TRIFLURALIN + BENEFIN (CONFRONT + TEAM)
19-3-9 Lebanon
* Inclusion in these listings does not imply endorsement on the part of the publisher or author. Neither does omission imply criticism.

FUNGICIDES + FERTILIZERS*
Active ingredient Analysis Supplier
PCNB 10-0-14 Andersons
PCNB 15.4% 14-3-3 Andersons
PCNB 12.5% Various LESCO
PCNB 12.5% 14-2-14 Proscape/Lebanon
Thiophanate-methyl 2.05% + iprodione 1.02% 23-3-5 Andersons
Triadimefon .62% 21-3-20 Andersons
Triadimefon 0.5% 17-0-17 LESCO
* Inclusion in these listings does not imply endorsement on the part of the publisher or author. Neither does omission imply criticism.

INSECTICIDES + FERTILIZERS*
% A.I. Analysis Supplier
BENDIOCARB (TURCAM) + FERTILIZER
2.5 Various Regal
BIFENTHRIN (TALSTAR) + FERTILIZER
.029 Various Andersons
.069 Various LESCO
.0733 Various LESCO
.029 Various UHS
CHLORPYRIFOS (DURSBAN) + FERTILIZER
.92 30-3-5 Andersons
.65 28-3-8 Andersons
.7 Various Howard Johnson's
1.14 Various Howard Johnson's
.74 Various LESCO
.97 Various LESCO
1.0 Various Regal
CHLORPYRIFOS + TEAM HERBICIDE + FERTILIZER
** 19-3-5 Andersons
DELTAMETHRIN + FERTILIZER
.1 Various LESCO
.1 Various Regal
DIAZINON + FERTILIZER
3.33 Various LESCO
3.33 Various Lebanon
HALOFENOZIDE (MACH 2) + FERTILIZER
.86 Various Best/Simplot
.86 Various LESCO
IMIDACLOPRID (MERIT) + FERTILIZER
.2 Various Andersons
.5 Various Howard Johnson's
.20 Various Howard Johnson's
.25 Various Howard Johnson's
.2 Various Lebanon Pro/Lebanon
.2 Various LESCO
.2 Various UHS
ISOFENPHOS (OFTANOL) + FERTILIZER
1.5 Various Howard Johnson's
1.5 Various LESCO
* Inclusion in these listings does not imply endorsement on the part of the publisher or author. Neither does omission imply criticism.
** Percent active ingredient is not given for multiple-a.i. products.

Supplier contact information

The Andersons
800-225-2639
www.andersonsinc.com

Best/Simplot
800-992-6066
www.bestfertilizer.com

Howard Johnson's
800-298-4656
www.hjefertilizer.com

Lebanon Seaboard
800-233-0628
www.lebturf.com

LESCO
800-321-5325
www.lesco.com

ProSource One
901-758-1341
www.prosourceone.com

Regal Chemical
800-621-5208
www.regalchem.com

Rockland Corp.
800-543-1311

United Horticultural Supply
303-487-9000
www.uhsonline.com

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