oxyfluorfen (Goal) Herbicide Profile 3/85
CHEMICAL name: 2-chloro-1-(3-ethoxy-4-nitrophenoxy)-4-
(trifluoromethyl) benzene (58)
TRADE name(S): Goal (58)
FORMULATION(S): Emulsifiable concentrate, 1.6 E, 2 E; granular
BASIC PRODUCER(S): Rohm and Haas Co.
Independence Mall West
Philadelphia, PA 19105
STATUS: General use
PRINCIPAL USES: For selective pre- and postdirected control of a
wide spectrum of annual broadleaf weeds and grasses in soybeans, corn
(witchweed control), cotton, tree fruits, grapes, nuts, spearmint,
peppermint, and many tropical plantation and ornamental crops (56).
APPLICATION METHOD(S): Preemergence in both conventional tillage and
no-till soybeans; preemergence and postemergence for corn (witchweed
control), deciduous fruit trees, nuts and grapes; and directed
postemergence for soybean and corn (58).
Important Weeds Controlled: Lambsquarters, purslane, ragweed,
groundsel, henbit, malva, jimsonweed, smartweed, prickly sida, pigweed,
velvetleaf, mustard, barnyardgrass, crabgrass, foxtails, seedling
Johnsongrass and others. Also controls witchweed. Controls cheeseweed
up to 10" high (8b).
II. PHYSICAL PROPERTIES
MOLECULAR FORMULA: C15 H11 Cl F3 NO4 (58)
MOLECULAR WEIGHT: 361.7 (58)
PHYSICAL STATE: Solid at room temperature, deep red-brown (pure
ODOR: Faint characteristic "smoky" odor (pure compound)
MELTING POINT: 65 to 80 C (pure compound) (58)
DECOMPOSITION TEMPERATURE: 250 to 300 C (pure compound) (58).
VAPOR PRESSURE: 2 x 10-6 mmHg at 25 C (pure compound) (58).
SOLUBILITY: 0.1 ppm (pure compound) (58)
III. HEALTH HAZARD INFORMATION
OSHA STANDARD: NA
NIOSH RECOMMENDED LIMIT: NA
ACGIH RECOMMENDED LIMIT: NA
A. ACUTE TOXICITY
DERMAL: Primary skin irritation - rabbit, slight, generally
disappearing by 72 hr. (58).
LD50 = >10,000 mg/kg (rabbit) (56).
ORAL: LD50 = >5,000 mg/kg (techncial; rat, dog) (58).
B. SUBACUTE AND CHRONIC TOXICITY:
Rats - 90 day feeding, no effect dietary level was 1000 ppm or 65
and 85 mg/kg per day for male and female rats.
Dogs - 90 day feeding, no effect dietary level was 40 ppm or 16
mg/kg per day (58).
IV. ENVIRONMENTAL CONSIDERATIONS
Behavior In Or On Soils
1. Adsorption and leaching characteristics in basic soil types: Is
strongly adsorbed on soil, not readily desorbed, and shows
Faduyomi, Omosuyi and G.F. Warren. 1977. Adsorption, desorption,
and leaching of nitrofen and oxyfluorfen. Weed Sci
2. Microbial breakdown: Preliminary results indicate that microbial
degradation is not a major factor.
3. Loss from photodecomposition and/or volatilization:
Photodecomposition of oxyfluorofen in water is rapid and on
soil is slow.
4. Resultant average persistence at recommended rates. Oxyfluorofen
residues do not persist in the environment. The half life is
about 30 to 40 days (58).
Oxyfluorfen is toxic to fish and upland gamebirds but not to
V. EMERGENCY AND FIRST AID PROCEDURES
The chemical information provided below has been condensed from
original source documents, primarily from "Recognition and Management
of Pesticide Poisonings", 3rd ed. by Donald P. Morgan, which have been
footnoted. This information has been provided in this form for your
convenience and general guidance only. In specific cases, further
consultation and reference may be required and is recommended. This
information is not intended as a substitute for a more exhaustive
review of the literature nor for the judgement of a physician or other
If poisoning is suspected, do not wait for symptoms to develop.
Contact a physician, the nearest hospital, or the nearest Poison
SYMPTOMS OF POISONING: Causes eye and skin irritation (58).
SKIN CONTACT: Wash with plenty of soap and water. Get medical
INGESTION: Do not induce vomiting (EC formulation). Call a
EYE CONTACT: Immediately flush eyes with plenty of water for at
least 15 minutes. Call a physician (58).
VI. FIRE AND EXPLOSION INFORMATION
The EC formulation is combustible; do not smoke while using.
Keep concentrate away from heat and open flame. No such hazards with
granular or wettable formulations (58).
Compatible with most other pesticides when used at normal rates.
Noncorrosive under normal use conditions (58).
VIII. PROTECTIVE MEASURES
STORAGE AND HANDLING: There are no special storage problems under
normal ambient conditions. Storage at high temperature (>50 C) should
be avoided. Do not store near feed or food products. Do not get in
IX. PROCEDURES FOR SPILLS AND LEAKS
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY, CALL, DAY OR NIGHT
PESTICIDE TEAM SAFETY NETWORK/CHEMTREC
X. LITERATURE CITED
8b. Thomson, W.T. 1981. Agricultural chemicals - book 2:
herbicides. Revised ed. Thomson Publications, Fresno, CA.
43c. Rohm and Haas Company. 1981. Specimen label: Goal 2E.
56. Farm Chemicals Handbook, 70th ed. 1984. R. T. Meister, G. L.
Berg, C. Sine, S. Meister, and J. Poplyk, eds. Meister
Publishing Co., Willoughby, OH.
58. Weed Science Society of America, Herbicide Handbook Committee.
1983. Herbicide handbook of the weed science society of
America, 5th ed. Weed Science Society of America, Champaign,
IL. 515 pp.