Spraying phenoxy herbicides

Page last updated: Tuesday, 8 August 2017 - 11:56am

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Duty of care

Care should be taken to minimise any off target spray drift when applying agricultural products.

Non-scheduled products such as glyphosate, paraquat, bromoxynil have the potential to cause damage if used without precautions.

ALWAYS read the product label.

Further detail is provided through the herbicide application legal aspects link.


Scheduled herbicides may have several formulations including amine, low volatile ester (LVE) and volatile ester formulations

Low volatile ester formulation examples: 

  1. Tigrex, ethyl hexyl ester
  2. MCPA LVE ethyl hexyl ester 500
  3. 2-4-D Ester 600LV ethyl hexyl ester
  4. Grazon DS butoxyethyl ester.

Volatile ester formulations: if a product contains a scheduled active ingredient as an ester formulation such as Estercide 800 ethyl ester it cannot be used inside a ten kilometre radius of a commercial vineyard. 

How to tell low volatile ester from volatile ester off the product label

High volatile formulations

Products that describe the actives with butyl, isobutyl or ethyl esters are high volatile:

  1. Esteron 800 – ethyl ester
  2. Ken – Ester 800 isobutyl ester.
Low volatile formulations

Low volatile ester (LVE) or Low volatile (LV) products will also contain components with similar active names as the higher volatile products but will have names such as:

  1. Ethyl hexyl, butoxyethyl, iso octyl
  2. 2,4-D ester LV600: ethyl hexyl ester
  3. Garlon 600: butoxyethyl ester
  4. LV Estercide 600: iso octyl ester
  5. MCPA: ethyl hexyl ester.

Contact information

Pest and Disease Information Service (PaDIS)
+61 (0)8 9368 3080