View Full Version : cost difference per m useing merit 5g ver merit wp?

05-24-2002, 10:04 PM
i been useing merit 5g for the past 3 yrs. and i am thinking about getting a 300 gal. tank sprayer.(i have a small lesco 50 gal....to small)does anybody know what is the cost per m useing merit 5g ver the merit wp? i would think the granular would beless hassel to apply.

05-25-2002, 08:42 AM

The Agency Agreement price for Merit 75WSP in the 88x1.6 oz mini drum is $2149.00. So at 4 packs per acre (22 acres per drum) you'd be paying $97.68 per acre or $2.24/M.

Merit .5G is NOT an agency product. It's big & heavy too. Therefore freight costs come into play. Since I don't know what you're paying for it, we'll have to compare this way:

If 75WSP cost's you $2.24/M & Merit .%G covers 20,000 sq ft, it would have to sell to you for $44.80 per bag to equal the cost of the sprayable. Since that is WAY BELOW distributor cost, I'll wager you'd be saving at least $.50 per thousand ($20.00 per acre) or more.

Interestingly, I've seen a move towards fert combos & the infamous 0-0-7 .2 Merit this year. The 0-0-7 has a lower cost per acre than the .5G. It's also easier to spread, so the margin of (costly) error is lower.

Mach2 has a new rate on the label & since DOW now owns it, the cost has come way down. For all these reasons, I expect Merit .5G sales to decease this year.

I think you would do well to spray the 75WSP. You may also find that tank mixing other elements that are required in your program will increase the efficiency.

Hope this helps.


06-03-2002, 10:43 PM
thanks steve for the reply.

i would be useing my ride-on to applicate the granular merit.
and i am not to familiar with applicating with a tank sprayer.
i would have to get a larger one then the 50 gal. one i own.what do you think?

the granular 15-3-5 .2g merit will cost me $127.00/ac


06-05-2002, 07:24 AM

A few questions to help decide on size.

1.) What is your average size lawn?
2.) What is your targeted production figure in sq ft or acres per day?
3.) Do you have access to water for refills during the day if needed? (Pump from streams, hydrant permit, pool companies, etc.)


06-05-2002, 08:50 AM
Merit may be available in other forms you could apply with your PG sprayer and use the 50gal as a supply tank.

I bought some Mach2 the other day and the 0-0-7 w .86 Mach2 was about 30 cents cheaper per K than Straight Mach2 on corncob base. Spread nice too.

06-05-2002, 05:25 PM
thanks for your replys

i did the math today

merit .5g= $55.50/30 lbs.
rate= 60 lbs./ac.
merit 75 wsp= $103.00+ -/6.4 oz
rate=6.4 oz\ac.
as of yesterday i have recieved the "ok" to treat 237,000 sf. or 5.44 ac.
if i went with the .5g it would cost me$604.00
if i went with the wsp it would cost me $561.00

savings of $43.00
at this point it seems worth it to use my ride-on and apply the .5g

i would have to buy a larger sprayer and i am only able to fill it up at the shop.


06-05-2002, 09:34 PM
Is the Merit avail on 0-0-7 like some other products? Could be cheaper than the .5 probably becasue it is cheaper to use low analysis fert than process corn cobs.

06-06-2002, 10:49 PM
good point. need to look into.any of you know the price of 0-0-7/merit? and ratr?

06-07-2002, 09:28 AM
0-0-7 .2 Merit 50lbs = 14,300 sq @ 3.5lbs/M or 152lbs/Acre or .3lbs Ai/A. sku # 027007

0-0-7 .86 Mach2 50lbs = 9,400 sq @ 5.3lbs/M or 232lbs/Acre or 2lbs Ai/A. sku # 080064

Call sales person for prices.

Mach2 didn't control some Chafers at the original rate of 1.5lbs Ai/A. At 2 lbs you'll control all the grubs that Merit does as well as a bunch of Lepidoptera that Merit doesn't. Something to think about since the cost has dropped a lot since DOW now owns the molecule.