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CWinks
Apr 3, 2018 8:51 PM CST
I used to work for a farmer and brought home some containers of both 24d and round up, but negligented to mark the containers. Short of using them and killing something I don't want to kill, is there a way of telling them apart?
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Apr 3, 2018 8:58 PM CST
I would expect the 2,4,D to have a stronger color and smell. But put a little on some unwanted grass. If the grass survives, it's 2,4,D.
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CWinks
Apr 3, 2018 9:35 PM CST
Thanks for your suggestion Porkpal, I'll have to try to find some unwanted grass somewhere in the yard.
Name: J.R. Baca
Pueblo West Co. ( High Dessert (Zone 6a)
josebaca
Apr 6, 2018 12:19 PM CST
CWINKS, hello and welcome;
Sparing you my life story up to this minute, I can tell you that the difference is easily recognizable.

1) Smell - if it smells like diesel fuel then it's 2-4-D .

2) Reaction - if you took a bit of it ( for example a tsp ) and added it to water ( about a half cup ) in a DISPOSABLE container, and it turns milky.... it's 2-4-D .

In either case care must be taken should you try to use it, it is more than likely in a concentrated form, also, at least here, it is TECHNICALLY ILLEGAL to use 2-4-D more than 2 times a year, due to it's toxicity to fish, fowl and so on.
As to the 'Round-up' or my old friend Glyphosphate, I've seen too many people mix it 'STRONG' so " It'll kill better ", which is totally .......... not smart. If you want a more aggressive mix, then add a squirt or two of liquid dish soap, it adds viscosity to the water so instead of beading up on the leaves it actually coats them for a more thorough, faster kill. Just keep in mind these are heartless, merciless killers, so whatever you spray make sure its what you want dead, no backsies will be allowed.

Hopes this helps
J.R.

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