Ethofumesate is a selective systemic herbicide, absorbed by the emerging shoots (grasses) or roots (broad-leaved plants), with translocation to the foliage. It is not readily absorbed by leaves after the plant has generated a mature cuticle. Ethofumesate inhibits the growth of meristems, retards cellular division, and limits formation of waxy cuticles.
It is used pre- and/or post-emergence in sugar beet and other beet crops, turf, rye grass and the other pasture grasses, at 0.3-2.0 kg a.i. /ha. against a wide range of grass and broad-leaved weeds, with persistence of activity in the soil.
Some crops are highly tolerant towards Ethofumesate, including strawberries, sunflowers, phaseolus beans and tobacco, depending on the time of application.