Manuscript herbicide: Working hard on both warm- and cool-season turf

By Lane Tredway, Ph.D., and Lisa Beirn, Ph.D., technical services managers for Syngenta

Controlling grassy weeds is difficult as there are very few options available for post-emergent control. There are also very few options that are safe for application to cool-season grasses like fine fescues or annual bluegrass.

Manuscript® herbicide offers many key benefits including:

  • Outstanding turf safety to certain warm- and cool-season grasses including bermudagrass, zoysiagrass, fine fescues and annual bluegrass
  • Provides effective control of tropical signalgrass, ryegrasses, tall fescue, crabgrasses, foxtails and dallisgrass
  • Also suppresses perennial grasses including kikuyugrass, seashore paspalum and torpedograss 
  • Formulated with an herbicide safener, enabling spot-treatment rates to control tough weeds while maintaining safety to bermudagrass and zoysiagrass 
  • Packaged with Adigor™ surfactant, which was specifically designed to maximize Manuscript absorption and translocation in target weeds.

Broadcast rates of Manuscript are recommended to control perennial ryegrass, bull paspalum (aka thin paspalum) and foxtails. A single application at 9.6 fl. oz./A is an effective option for removal of ryegrass overseedings, whereas the 19.2 fl. oz./A rate is recommended for clumpy ryegrass. For bull paspalum control, make either one application at 19.2 fl. oz./A or two applications at 9.6 fl. oz./A on a 14- to 21-day interval.

For control of tall fescue in native and low-maintenance fine fescue stands, apply one application at 19.2 fl. oz./A following the 2(ee) recommendation. This application will also provide control of foxtails, ryegrass, and barnyardgrass in these areas

Spot-treatment applications (9.6 fl. oz./10,000 ft.2) of Manuscript are only recommended for application on bermudagrass and zoysiagrass to control tropical signalgrass, crabgrasses or dallisgrass. Two spot-treatment applications on a 14- to 21-day interval provide excellent control of these weeds with excellent safety to bermudagrass and zoysiagrass turf.

For best results, Manuscript should be applied in 40 gallons of water per acre with 0.64 fl. oz. of Adigor per gallon of spray solution. Target weeds should be actively growing – not under stress from drought or other factors – to maximize absorption and translocation of the active ingredient.

Watch the following video from GCSAA TV about the efficacy of Manuscript:

Manuscript vs. untreated grass
Manuscript was mixed with MSO at 0.5% v/v and applied twice on a 14-day interval. Source: Granada Golf Course, Coral Gables, Florida, 2014.

When tank mixing Manuscript with other herbicides, always start with a jar test to ensure best performance. Phenoxy herbicides such as 2,4-D and MCPP are antagonistic to Manuscript and reduce its performance. Tank mixing Manuscript with a sulfonylurea herbicide such as Monument® 75WG herbicide is a better option for application to bermudagrass or zoysiagrass. Manuscript + Monument may have slower activity against certain grasses, but in the long run provides excellent results against labeled weeds.

In Florida, Manuscript can be tank mixed with Tenacity®, Princep® Liquid and Pennant Magnum® herbicides to control a broader spectrum of weed, including goosegrass.

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© 2024 Syngenta. Important: Always read and follow label instructions. Some products may not be registered for sale or use in all states or counties and/or may have state-specific use requirements. Please check with your local extension service to ensure registration and proper use. Syngenta supports a FIFRA Section 2(ee) recommendation for tall fescue control in fine fescue turf. Please see the Section 2(ee) recommendation to confirm that the recommendation is applicable in your state. The Section 2(ee) recommendation for Manuscript should be in the possession of the user at the time of application. Adigor™, GreenCast®, Manuscript®, Monument®, Pennant Magnum®, Princep®, Tenacity® and the Syngenta logo are trademarks of a Syngenta Group Company. All other trademarks are property of their respective third-party owners.

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