Herbicides for Slender Thistle Control

​These herbicide recommendations are made subject to the product being registered for that purpose under relevant legislation. It is the user's responsibility to check that registration or an off-label permit covers the proposed use. Always read the manufacturer's herbicide label.

If in doubt, visit the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) website: www.apvma.gov.au.

Only herbicides registered for use in pasture and non-cropping situations are listed in the following table. For recommendations in specific crops consult an agronomist.

Care must be taken in using herbicides as non-target plants contacted may be harmed.

Wetting agents

Carefully consult the product label for specific directions regarding the use of wetting agents or adjuvants.

Waterways and wetlands

Be careful! Many herbicides can cause damage to waterways and wetlands. Check the herbicide label directions carefully before use near waterways and wetlands. For more information see the guideline, Guidelines for Safe and Effective Herbicide Use Near Waterways.

Herbicide brands and concentrations

Herbicides are referred to by the active chemical ingredient in the following table. The product trade names in this publication are supplied on the understanding that no preference between equivalent products is intended and that the inclusion of a product does not imply endorsement by DPIPWE over any other equivalent product from another manufacturer. Information on available brands containing the herbicide you require should be obtained from a reputable herbicide supplier or the APVMA website: www.apvma.gov.au.

There may be a number of products with the same active ingredient but with alternate formulations (concentration) registered for control of a weed eg: Glyphosate 360g/L, Glyphosate 450g/L may be registered for use on the same weed. Alternate formulations such as these will have a different application rate. ALWAYS check the label.


Boom Spray Application

Stage of Growth
Herbicide
(active
ingredient)
Example of commercial product (concentration of active ingredient)
Application rate of commercial product
Withholding
period
Comments
SeedlingsMCPA sodium salt(250 g/L)4.5 L/ha
7 days
Apply to mature grasses.

Consult your agronomist for tolerance levels for legumes should any be present.
MCPA amine(500 g/L)3 L/ha
7 days
The use of MCPA is preferred to 2,4-D (amine and ester) in situations where legumes are undersown in the crop.
Agritone® 750
(750 g/L)
2 L/ha
7 days
2, 4-D amine Amicide® 625
(625 g/L)
1.4 L/ha
7 days
Suppression only.

The use of MCPA is preferred to 2,4-D (amine and ester) in situations where legumes are undersown in the crop.

THIS PRODUCT MAY ONLY BE USED FROM 15 APRIL TO 15 SEPTEMBER UNLESS PERMITTED BY THE CHEMICAL REGISTRAR- DPIPWE.
Rosette2, 4-D ester Estercide® Xtra 680

(680 g/L)
800ml - 3.3 L/ha
7 days



Use when thistles have started to shoot and become more resistant to other herbicides.

User higher rates on larger plants.

The use of MCPA is preferred to 2,4-D (amine and ester) in situations where legumes are undersown in the crop.

THIS PRODUCT MAY ONLY BE USED FROM 15 APRIL TO 15 SEPTEMBER UNLESS PERMITTED BY THE CHEMICAL REGISTRAR- DPIPWE.
Seedling -young rosetteMCPA + DicambaKamba® M
(340 g/L MCPA+ 80 g/L Dicamba)
2.8 - 4.0 L/ha
7 days
Use higher rate on larger weeds.
Rosette stage prior to stem elongationClopyralidLontrel® 750 SG (750 g/L)20 or 28 g/ha + 1 - 1.5L/ha MCPA amine (500 g/L)
7 days
Spray during active growth.

Use higher rates on multicrowned plants or large rosettes.

Clovers and medics will be eliminated for at least 12 months.


Spot Spray Application

Stage of Growth
Herbicide
(active
ingredient)
Example of commercial product (concentration of active ingredient)
Application rate of commercial product
Withholding
period
Comments
SeedlingsMCPA sodium salt(250 g/L)350 ml per 15L water
7 days
Thorough coverage is essential. 15L of solution is sufficient to cover 150m2.
MCPA amine(500 g/L)30 mL/10L water
7 days
The use of MCPA is preferred to 2,4-D (amine and ester) in situations where legumes are undersown in the crop.
Agritone® 750
750 g/L
20 mL/10 L water
2, 4-D amine Amicide® 625
625 g/L
14 mL/10 L water
7 days
Suppression only.

The use of MCPA is preferred to 2,4-D (amine and ester) in situations where legumes are undersown in the crop.

THIS PRODUCT MAY ONLY BE USED FROM 15 APRIL TO 15 SEPTEMBER UNLESS PERMITTED BY THE CHEMICAL REGISTRAR- DPIPWE.
Rosette2, 4-D esterEstercide® Xtra 680

(680 g/L)
8 mL - 33 mL/10 L water
7 days



Use when thistles have started to shoot and become more resistant to other herbicides.

The use of MCPA is preferred to 2,4-D (amine and ester) in situations where legumes are undersown in the crop.

THIS PRODUCT MAY ONLY BE USED FROM 15 APRIL TO 15 SEPTEMBER UNLESS PERMITTED BY THE CHEMICAL REGISTRAR- DPIPWE.
Seedling - young rosetteMCPA + DicambaKamba® M
(340 g/L MCPA+ 80 g/L Dicamba)
60 mL - 80 mL/15 L water
7 days
Use higher rate on larger weeds.
Early flowering plantsClopyralidLontrel® 750 SG
(750 g/L)
10 g/10 L water
7 days
Can be used on early flowering plants to reduce seed formation.

Top 10 - 20 cm of sprayed plants collapse within 12-24 hours of treatment, allowing missed plants to be located and treated.

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See also:
Slender thistle (Carduus tenuiflorus L. ) Weed Management Plan
Slender thistle (Carduus pycnocephalus L. ) Weed Management Plan

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