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volatility of liquid 'merit'

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by mkroher, Jun 21, 2007.

  1. mkroher

    mkroher LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 539

    Does anyone know how volatile merit is in liquid form? Most of my customers don't have irrigation, and spraying around rainfall would be almost impossible.

    I only have a 100gal skid tank, so I want to keep it at low volume, about
    1 gal/K. I refuse to use granular, the cost doubles in $/acre easily. Plus I like to mix in bifenthrin.

    I guess I'll have to risk it, and pray for those late day thunderstorms. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
  2. olive123

    olive123 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 500

    since when is merit "volitile?"
  3. mkroher

    mkroher LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 539

    in liquid form?
  4. mkroher

    mkroher LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 539


    Mol. wt. 255.7 M.f. C9H10ClN5O2 Form Colourless crystals, with a weak characteristic odour. M.p. 144 °C V.p. 4 ´ 10-7 mPa (20 °C); 9 ´ 10-7 mPa (25 °C)

    errrr n/m then. you're right olive.. I guess imidacloprid isn't volatile at all.
  5. indyturf

    indyturf LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indy
    Posts: 1,877

    The only thing you need to worry about is the liquid merit needs to be watered in asap after its applied to be effective. you have a longer window with the granular, thats why I use it. You know your customers will not water!
  6. mkroher

    mkroher LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 539

    why is that though? If imidicloprid is a cystal, what's the difference if it uses a liquid for a carrier, or if it sits around a granular pellet?

    I would think it's like salt water. The water evaporates and leaves the salt crystals behind. It's physically the same concept. I hope? V.p. 4 ´ 10-7 mPa (20 °C) <-- It's not going anywhere with that vapor pressure.

    Granular.... $30-40 for a bag of merit gets you 10K. ~$120-160/acre?? RIPOFF
  7. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,215

    The dry product may be more expensive--but it is quicker to apply. Less labor means the cost isn't much different. And it is more flexible--fetilizer in one spreader. Merit in a different spreader. All in one trip. Actually I use Merit plus fertilizer. Non merit customers get weed control.
  8. upidstay

    upidstay LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Posts: 1,341

    Imidcloprid breaks down under UV light. That's why it needs to be watered in.

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