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Metolachlor

General Information

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  • Chemical Class: Chloroacetanilide herbicide
  • Uses: Control of grass and grasslike weeds and broadleaf weeds on terrestrial food crops: cabbage, pepper, radish and stone fruits; terrestrial food and feed crops: corn, cotton, legume vegetables, peanuts, peas, potato, safflower, sorghum, soybeans, treenuts, alfalfa (feed only); terrestrial non-food crops and outdoor residential: Rights-of-Way, golf courses, recreational areas and lawns, nonbearing fruits, ornamental and/or shade trees, ornamental plants and flowers, residential lawns; forest trees.
  • Alternatives: Organic agriculture
  • Beyond Pesticides rating: Toxic

Health and Environmental Effects

  • Cancer: Possible (8)
  • Endocrine Disruption: Suspected (43)
  • Reproductive Effects: Yes (4)
  • Neurotoxicity: Not documented
  • Kidney/Liver Damage: Yes (4)
  • Sensitizer/ Irritant: Yes (4)
  • Birth/Developmental Not documented
  • Detected in Groundwater: Frequently (37)
  • Potential Leacher: Not documented
  • Toxic to Birds: Not documented
  • Toxic to Fish/Aquatic Organisms: Yes (8)
  • Toxic to Bees: Not documented

Additional Information