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Artist is a powerful residual herbicide designed to give you effective pre-emergence control over a wide range of grass and broad-leaved weeds in early and main crop varieties of potatoes including seed potatoes.

What is Artist?

A residual herbicide for use as a pre-emergence selective herbicide, acting through root uptake, for the control of annual weeds in early and maincrop potatoes.

Product Profile

Active substance 24% w/w flufenacet + 17.5% w/w metribuzin
Formulation Water Dispersible Granule (WG)
Pack Size                               
5 kg
Water Volume
Not < 200 L/ha
Buffer Zone Category B 5m reducible by LERAP
MAPP 17049

Important Information

For use on
Early and maincrop potatoes*
Max. individual dose 2.5 kg product/hectare
Max. total dose
2.5 kg product/hectare/crop
Latest time of application
Before crop emergence

*Artist also has an EAMU for Soya bean (See When and how to apply)


Do not apply by hand-held equipment

Do not treat crops grown on sands. The maximum residue level for flufenacet is 0.15 mg/kg and must not be exceeded.


Why you need Artist

  • Effective control of a wide range of annual broad-leaved and grass weeds
  • Helps control difficult grass weeds in the rotation
  • Class-leading control of cleavers
  • Applied pre-emergence, protects right from the start
  • No label restriction on crops for processing

When and how to apply

Weeds controlled

The following annual weeds are listed on the product label as being controlled by a pre-emergence application of Artist:

Annual meadow-grass
Black bindweed (MS)
Common chickweed
Cleavers (MS)
Red dead-nettle
Fool's parsley

Italian rye-grass*
Scented mayweed
Black nightshade (MS)
Common orache
Field pansy
Annual mercury

MS = Moderately susceptible; higher levels of control are often achieved.

* When applied for control of other weeds, evidence shows that Artist also has activity against black-grass and Italian rye-grass.

Trials have also shown activity against:

Black nightshade (MS)
Corn spurry
Field forget-me-not
Field penny-cress
Fumitory (MS)
Henbit dead-nettle

Volunteer oilseed rape
Pale persicaria (MS)
Common poppy
Perennial ryegrass
Scarlet pimpernel
Shepherd's purse
Small nettle
Smooth sowthistle
Wild radish

Artist does not control perennial weeds. In situations where potatoes follow grass an autumn herbicide treatment or cultivations should be used to kill out the sward. Shoots appearing from any surviving turfs may be controlled post-planting, but before crop emergence, using a suitable approved contact herbicide.


The following potato varieties may be treated with Artist before crop emergence:

First Earlies

All commercially available varieties may be treated, except those grown on sands

Second Earlies

All commercially available varieties except Fambo and crops grown on sands. Do not treat Shepody grown on sands or very light soils.


All commercially available varieties except crops grown on sands. Do NOT treat Maris Piper or Sante grown on ‘Sands’ or ‘Very Light Soils’ (ADAS ‘85 Classification). For crop safety information on specific potato varieties please contact Bayer CropScience Limited on 0808 1969522, or your Artist distributor.


For optimal weed control soils must be sufficiently moist at or shortly after application to ensure adequate uptake of active substance via the roots of germinating weed seedlings. Effectiveness will be reduced under dry soil conditions.

Ridges should be well rounded
 with few clods. Cultivations should produce a soil tilth that requires no further improvement after planting. Cultivation after spraying will encourage weed germination and reduce the residual activity of Artist.

Ensure Artist is applied evenly overall to both sides of potato ridges. Care must be taken to ensure that application takes place before crop emergence.

Artist sprayed onto any part of the potato plant will cause crop damage; therefore, it is essential that application is made before there are any visible signs of potato shoots emerging from the soil.  


On mineral soils with a high organic matter content and on peaty or organic soils the residual activity of Artist may be reduced. On stony or gravelly soils there is a risk of crop damage, especially if heavy rain falls soon after application.

Succeeding crops

Before drilling or planting any succeeding crop the soil must be mouldboard ploughed to a depth of at least 15 cm taking care to ensure that the furrow slice is inverted. Ploughing should be carried out as soon as possible (preferably within 3-4 weeks) after lifting the potato crop, but certainly no later than the end of December.

In the Same Calendar Year

Provided at least 16 weeks have elapsed after the application of the recommended rate of Artist, cereals or winter beans may be grown.

In West Cornwall, on soils with more than 5% organic matter, early potatoes which have been treated with the recommended rate of Artist may be followed
 by summer planted brassica crops provided that at least 14 weeks have elapsed from spraying, spring rainfall was normal, and that mouldboard ploughing takes place after potato lifting and before drilling or transplanting the brassica crop.

In the Following Calendar Year

Do not grow any vegetable brassica crop (including cauliflowers, calabrese, Brussels sprouts and cabbages) on silt soils in Lincolnshire, or lettuce and radish crops anywhere in the UK, on land treated with Artist in the previous year. Any other crop may be grown from spring onwards in the calendar year following use of Artist.

EAMU – Soya bean

This Extension of Authorisation relates to the use of Artist as a herbicide for the control of black bindweed in soya.

Applications must be made via conventional hydraulic sprayer as a direct spray prior to the crops emergence in a minimum water volume of 200 litres water per hectare.

Applications must not be made via hand held equipment.

Max. individual
dose (kg/ha)

Max. number of
treatments (per crop)    

Latest time of application    

EAMU number

2 1

Before crop emergence

1098 of 2017

Neither the efficacy nor the phytotoxicity of the product for which this extension of authorisation has been granted has been assessed and, as such, the user bears the risk in respect of failures concerning its efficacy and phytotoxicity.


Resistance Management

When herbicides with the same mode of action are used repeatedly over several years in the same field, selection of resistant biotypes can take place. These can propagate and may become dominating. A weed species is considered to be resistant to a herbicide if it survives a correctly applied treatment at the recommended dose.

Strains of some annual grasses (e.g. black-grass, wild-oats and Italian rye-grass) have developed resistance to herbicides, which may lead to poor control.

A strategy for preventing and managing such resistance should be adopted. This should include integrating herbicides with a programme of cultural control measures. The latest guidance is available from the Weed Resistance Action Group (WRAG).

Populations of black-grass and Italian rye-grass with high levels of enhanced metabolism resistance will not be fully controlled.



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