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A suspension concentrate formulation containing 400 g/l (36% w/w) pendimethalin.
Contains pendimethalin, can cause allergic reactions.
For the control of many annual grasses and broad-leaved weeds in a wide range of crops.
ANTHEM is recommended for control of various annual grass and broad-leaved weeds in winter wheat, winter and spring barley, durum wheat, triticale, winter rye, potato, combining pea, sunflower, forage and grain maize, bulb onion (spring and autumn, drilled and transplanted), leek (drilled crops only), carrot (drilled crops only), parsnip (drilled crops only), transplanted brassica, blackcurrant, gooseberry, apple, cherry, pear, plum, strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, loganberry and Rubus hybrids.
ANTHEM is recommended for pre-emergence control of weeds. Applications must be made before weeds emerge to soils which are fine, firm and moist at the time of application.
Crop Cautions
Avoid spray drift onto neighbouring crops.
Do not apply pre-emergence to winter crops drilled after 30th November.
Do not treat shallow drilled crops.
Apply when rain is not expected within 6 hours of application as weed control may be reduced.
On peas, apply as soon as possible after sowing. Ensure seed is covered by a minimum of 25mm of settled soil. Do not apply alone after end of March. If the plumule is less than 13mm from the soil surface do not apply.
On potatoes, apply as soon as possible after planting and ridging up, and at least 7 days before emergence. Before application loose ridges must be given time to settle. Slight discoloration and distortion of the initial shoots may occur if heavy rain falls after application but before emergence, particularly on very light soils. Any damage to early shoots is normally quickly outgrown.
On maize, some crown root development problems may occur which has no effect on yield. Ensure seed is covered by 50mm soil before application.
Bulb onion and leek, do not apply when heavy rain is expected. Do not apply if grown on sandy (CS, S, FS, LCS) very light soils (LS, LFS, CSL), fen soils (UK only), or those containing more than 10% organic matter as weed control may be reduced and crop damage may be observed.
On transplanted brassicas, do not apply post-planting. Ensure soil is moist to increase weed control – irrigation may be required.

Soil Conditions
Ensure soils are moist at time of application. Apply to a firm, fine seedbed, free of clods. Any loose or cloddy soils must be consolidated prior to application. Do not use on stony or gravely soils. Do not use on waterlogged soils, or those prone to waterlogging. Do not incorporate or disturb soil surface after application. Do not use on soils with more than 10% organic matter. Ensure crops are not under stress at time of application. Do not treat under-sown crops or those to be under-sown. Ensure seed is well covered before application. Residual control may be reduced under prolonged dry conditions, on soils with a high Kd factor, where organic matter exceeds 6% or where ash content is high.

Processed Crops
Consult processors before use on crops intended for processing.
Strains of some grasses (e.g. blackgrass, wild oats and Italian ryegrass) have developed resistance to herbicides which may lead to poor control. A strategy for preventing and managing such resistance should be adopted. Guidelines have been produced by the Weed Resistance Action Group (WRAG) and copies are available from HGCA, CPA, your distributor, crop advisor or product manufacturer.
Always follow WRAG guidelines for preventing and managing herbicide resistant weeds.
Maximise the use of cultural control measures wherever possible (e.g. crop rotation, ploughing, stale seedbeds, delayed drilling, etc). Use tank-mixes or sequences of herbicides with different modes of action within individual crops or successive crops.
Apply pre-emergence wherever possible. Apply any post-emergence products/mixtures to small, actively growing weeds, especially where high levels of resistance are suspected and to reduce the risk of resistance development.
Monitor fields regularly and investigate the reasons for any poor control.
Winter Wheat, Winter Barley, Winter Rye, Durum Wheat and Triticale
ANTHEM can be safely used on all varieties of these crops. The recommended time of application is pre-emergence up until before the crop reaches leaf-sheath erect stage, but before weed emergence. Rate of use: 3.3 L/ha
Spring Crops
ANTHEM can be safely used on all varieties of spring barley, potatoes, combining peas, sunflowers, carrots and parsnips (drilled only), transplanted brassicas, bulb onions (spring and autumn drilled and transplanted), leeks (drilled crop only) and forage and grain maize. The recommended timing of application is preemergence of the crop and weed except for forage and grain maize not grown under temporary plastic mulches where it can be applied pre- and post-emergence of the crop up to the 4 leaf stage. The recommended timing of application on spring barley is pre- and post-emergence of the crop and pre-emergence of the weed. Rate of use: 3.3 L/ha for spring barley, potatoes, combining peas, sunflower, carrot, parsnip, bulb onion, leeks and transplanted brassicas.
Forage Maize and Grain Maize
Rate of use: 3.75 L/ha Forage and grain maize grown under temporary plastic mulches: Apply to the forage and grain maize pre-emergence of the crop and before the temporary plastic mulch is put in place. Forage and grain maize NOT grown under temporary plastic mulches: Apply from pre-emergence of the crop up to before the 4 leaf stage of the crop.
Strawberries, Bush Fruit, Cane Fruit, Top Fruit
Rate of use: apply 3.3 L/ha.
On maiden beds apply to dormant newly planted runners, before weed emergence. Do not use before planting. Do not apply before October to beds newly planted with cold stored runners or beds newly planted in late summer. Ensure any runners’ roots are well covered with soil. Ensure plants are free of stress. Application is generally autumn or early spring immediately after planting. If conditions are not favourable, delay application until plants are established. In such cases there may be some transient damage, but this is normally quickly outgrown.
On established beds apply ANTHEM during the dormant period, normally autumn to early spring. Do not apply during the flower initiation period (immediately post-harvest to mid-September). If application of ANTHEM is delayed until flower initiation some transient damage and yield-loss may be seen.
Bush Fruit – Blackcurrants and Gooseberries
Apply ANTHEM during the dormant period to weed free soil, generally between autumn and early spring, as directed or overall spray. Do not use in the same season as planting.
Cane Fruit – Blackberry, Raspberry, Loganberry and Rubus hybrids
Apply ANTHEM from autumn to early spring before weeds emerge. Do not apply after end of March as weed control may be reduced if soil moisture is low. Do not use on autumn fruiting raspberries. On established crops apply as soon as the canes have been cut out but before bud burst. On new crops apply immediately after planting. Ensure roots are well covered with soil, carry out a light ridging if there is any doubt. Apply before new cane emergence.
Top Fruit – Apple, Pear, Cherry and Plum
Apply from autumn to early spring to weed free soils. Only use after end of March if there is adequate soil moisture, otherwise weed control will be reduced. Carrots and Parsnips (drilled), Bulb Onions (spring and autumn, drilled and transplanted) and Leeks (drilled crops only) Apply as soon as possible after drilling before crop or weed emergence. For carrots and parsnips apply ANTHEM at 3.3 L/ha. On transplanted onions apply pre-planting; to a weed free soil at 3.3 L/ha. When transplanting take care not to introduce treated soil into the root zone. Ensure seed is covered by at least 25mm of settled soil.
Transplanted Brassicas – Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Calabrese, Cabbage and Cauliflower
Apply at a rate of 3.3 L/ha after final plant bed preparation but before transplanting. Do not incorporate and avoid unnecessary soil disturbance after application. Care must be taken not to introduce treated soil into the root zone. Ensure soil is moist to avoid reduced weed control – irrigation may be required.
In the event of crop failure, mouldboard plough to a depth of at least 15cm to ensure any residues are dispersed. The following crops may be drilled after a minimum of 5 months have lapsed following an autumn application. Spring wheat and barley Spring field, broad and dwarf beans Peas Maize Brassicas – Brussels sprouts, cabbage, calabrese, cauliflower, turnip, Linseed Carrot and parsnip For spring and early summer applications the above crops, except spring wheat, spring barley and forage maize may be drilled after a minimum of 2 months have elapsed. After 5 months, any crop except beet and spinach may be drilled. Sugar beet, red beet and spinach can be drilled after a minimum of 12 months have elapsed.
For use by conventional field sprayers only
Water volume
Apply ANTHEM in 100 to 200 L/ha water.
A minimum of 200 L/ha water should be used for applications on potatoes.
Apply as a FINE or MEDIUM (BCPC definition) quality spray.
Half fill the spray tank with water, add the required quantity of ANTHEM and begin agitation. Add the remainder of the water and continue agitation during spraying.
ANTHEM will stain clothes if splashed onto them. Wash all clothing immediately to minimise stain damage.
Registered for culturesRate
Winter wheat3.3 l
Winter barley3.3 l
Winter triticale3.3 l
Spring triticale3.3 l
Winter rye3.3 l
Spring barley3.3 l
Potatoes3.3 l
Peas3.3 l
Sunflowers3.3 l
Corn3.75 l
Onions3.3 l
Leeks3.3 l
Carrots3.3 l
Parsnip3.3 l
Broccoli3.3 l
Brussels sprouts3.3 l
Cabbage3.3 l
Cauliflower3.3 l
Calabrese3.3 l
Black currant3.3 l
Gooseberries3.3 l
Apples3.3 l
Pears3.3 l
Cherries3.3 l
Plums3.3 l
Raspberries3.3 l
Blackberries3.3 l
Loganberry3.3 l
Strawberries3.3 l