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Command 480 EC



APVMA code:  49604/0304

Active Constituent(s):

480 g/L clomazone

solvent: 400-450 g/L liquid hydrocarbons 

Registered For:


 Commercial use

 Domestic use

Overview: For the control of certain annual broadleaf weeds in cucurbits, green beans, navy beans, potatoes, poppies and tobacco. 

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General Instructions


Command® 480 EC Herbicide is primarily a soil applied herbicide for the control of certain annual weeds. Plant uptake of Command occurs through both the roots and the foliage. The movement of the active constituent clomazone within the plant occurs upward and outwards to the leaf. Clomazone is not downward systemic, or translocated from leaf to leaf. When using Command as a post plant pre-emergence herbicide all emerged weeds should be controlled by application of a non-selective, non-persistentherbicide or by tillage. The soil surface should be left free of large clods of soil that might protect weed seedlings during emergence. Best weed control is achieved when overhead irrigation is used to grow the crop. Command should not be mechanically incorporated into the soil as unacceptable crop injury and variable weed control may occur. When using Command as a post emergence herbicide ensure weeds are young and actively growing.




DO NOT apply by aircraft or through irrigation equipment.

DO NOT apply more than a combined total of 2L/ha on any one paddock in any 12 month period.

DO NOT apply in fog or in conditions conducive to fog.

DO NOT apply to soil intended for seedling transplants, with the exception of tobacco.

DO NOT mechanically incorporate Command into soil.

DO NOT apply to soils with both organic carbon content less than 2% and clay content less than 15%, excluding poppy and tobacco crops which have a higher crop tolerance to clomazone at label rates.




Clomazone, the active constituent Command, inhibits the biosynthesis of photosynthetic pigments of both chlorophyll and carotenoids. Accordingly the foliage of susceptible plants show signs of chlorosis (whitening or bleaching), followed by necrosis (browning). In some situations, one or more of the following conditions such as; higher use rates, sandy soils, soils of low organic matter, or soils of low pH, may cause an increase in the activity of Command and crop damage may occur. Do not apply Command on to soils with both organic carbon content less than 2% and clay content less than 15%, excluding poppy and tobacco crops, which have a higher crop tolerance to clomazone at label rates. Some crop varieties may show differing levels of tolerance to Command. It is recommended to test on a small area to ensure tolerance is acceptable before adoption on a wider scale. For more specific information consult with your local dealer.




Command may be tank mixed with other post plant pre-emergent herbicides to broaden the weed control spectrum compared to products applied alone. Lower rates of Command may be used when tank mixing.


POPPIES - Command is compatible with Asulox*, Brodal* and Frontier Optima*. Command is not compatible with Tramat* and efficacy can be reduced in tank mixes using Starane*. Other herbicide combinations should be used with caution and in accordance to advice from contracting Company’s Advisory Officers.

OTHER CROPS - when tank mixing with other herbicides (eg: Frontier*) refer to both product labels to ensure use patterns are compatible ie. post plant pre-emergence and observe all application precautions, rotational guidelines and replanting instructions of each product label.


Resistant Weeds Warning


Command is a member of the Isoxazolidinone group of herbicides. Command has the inhibitors of carotenoid biosynthesis mode of action. For weed resistance management Command is a Group F Herbicide. Some naturally occurring weed biotypes resistant to Command and other Group F herbicides may exist through normal genetic variability in any weed population if these herbicides are used repeatedly. These resistant weeds will not be controlled by Command or other Group F Herbicides. Since the occurrence of resistant weeds is difficult to detect prior to use, FMC accepts no liability for any losses that may result from the failure of Command or other Group F Herbicides.




Add half the required volume of water in spray tank and start agitation. If tank mixing with wettable powders or Water Dispersible Granules add these first, Liquid Suspensions (ie. Flowables) are added next, and Command is added last. Maintain good agitation at all times until spraying is completed.




Inappropriate application techniques can result in highly visible symptoms of spray drift. Command can be applied as a broadcast or banded application. Use conventional sprayers with either mechanical or by-pass agitation. Apply using flat fan nozzles producing medium to coarse droplets, Spray equipment should be properly calibrated to ensure correct application. To minimise off target movement use the lowest pressure and boom height which provides uniform coverage, using 150 to 400 litres per hectare. Do not apply to very wet soils or to soils with a rough surface.


Band spray rate

The rate of Command for band spraying per hectare of crop is calculated from the broad area rates as follows:

Band width (cm) X Broadcast Rate (L)

Row spacing (cm)

= Band Rate (L) per hectare of crop for band spraying


Tolerance of other crops (grown through to maturity) should be determined on a small scale before sowing into larger areas. Cover crops, however may be planted anytime but stand reductions may occur in some areas. Do not graze, or harvest for food or feed, cover crops.


Replanting: If initial seedlings fail to produce a stand, the crop maybe replanted in fields treated with Command alone. Do not retreat field with a second application of Command. Do not replant treated fields with any crop at intervals, which are inconsistent with the rotational crop guidelines on this label. When tank mixing observe all application precautions, rotational guidelines and replanting instructions of each product label.


Off Target Whitening

Command can cause whitening of sensitive plants (ie. some species of trees, shrubs, flowers, agronomic crops and fruit and vegetables) by either spray drift or volatilisation. The application and recommendation for the use of this product should be undertaken only by persons adhering to the following requirements:


Precautions to be taken to minimise potential off-target effects:

- DO NOT spray within 100 metres of residential or industrial properties or homes on neighboring properties,

- Where it is proposed to spray within 100 metres of a neighbouring property which is used for primary production, the owner of the property must be given written notice of the intention to spray and information which includes the name of the product being sprayed and its effects on susceptible plant species,

- Ensure that when the product is being diluted prior to application that it is done away from desirable plants,

- DO NOT empty or clean sprayers near homes and sensitive plants,

- DO NOT apply by aircraft, or through irrigation equipment, and

- Remove contaminated clothing before entering areas where sensitive plants exist e.g. homes, nurseries, greenhouses and other crops.


Application equipment/calibration:

- Use coarse nozzles with pressure not exceeding 35PSI/250 kPa (2.5 bar) with boom height no greater than 60 cm above the target, and

- Apply only with calibrated equipment.


Minimisation of product volatilisation:

- Apply to dry soils in 150-400L water per hectare,

- DO NOT apply to wet soils and or wet plants,

- DO NOT spray poppy crops beyond the 8 leaf stage,

- DO NOT apply in wind gusts over 12km/hr or when weather conditions favor the formation of inversion layers,

- Weather resulting in warm, high moisture soils increase the volatility potential of Command. Sunlight may also heat the soil surface, evaporating soil moisture and causing an inversion effect. This inversion effect causes the product to move to the soil surface where it is more subject to volatilisation, and

- DO NOT apply in fog or in conditions conducive to fog.


Protection of Crops, Native and Other Non-Target Plants


DO NOT apply under meteorological conditions or from spray equipment, which could be expected to cause spray drift onto nearby susceptible plants, adjacent crops, crop lands or pastures.


Protection of Wildlife, Fish, Crustaceans and Environment


DO NOT contaminate dams, streams, rivers or waterways with Command or used container.


Storage and Disposal


Do NOT store near (or allow to contact) fertilisers, fungicides or pesticides. Store in the closed, original container in a well ventilated area, as cool as possible. Do not store for prolonged periods in direct sunlight. Store in a locked room or place away from children, animals, food, feed stuffs, seed and fertilisers.

Spillage - In case of spillage, confine and absorb spilled product with absorbent material such as sand, clay or cat litter. Dispose of waste as indicated below or according to Australian Standard 2507 - Storage and Handling of Pesticides.

Do NOT allow spilled product to enter sewers, drains, creeks or any other waterways.

Triple or (preferably) pressure rinse containers before disposal. Add rinsings to spray tank. DO NOT dispose of undiluted chemicals on-site.

Break, crush, puncture and bury empty containers in a local authority landfill. If not available bury the containers below 500 mm in a disposal pit

specifically marked and set up for this purpose clear of waterways, vegetation and roots. Empty containers and product should not be burnt.


Safety Directions


Harmful if inhaled or swallowed. Will irritate the eyes and skin. Avoid contact with eyes and skin. Do not inhale vapour. When opening the container and preparing spray, wear cotton overalls buttoned to the neck and wrist (or equivalent clothing), elbow length nitrile gloves and face shield or goggles. When using the prepared spray, wear cotton overalls buttoned to the neck and wrist (or equivalent clothing) and elbow length nitrile gloves. If product in eyes, wash out immediately with water. Wash hands after use. After each day’s use, wash gloves, face shield or goggles and contaminated clothing.


DISCLAIMER: This is not the COMMAND 480 EC label. To view or print the label for this product, click the "MSDS/Label" tab at the top of this page. Always follow label instructions.


For specialist advice in an EMERGENCY only phone 1800 033 111, TOLL-FREE, ALL-HOURS, NATIONWIDE

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