Say No to Sulfur Deficiency

Shallow Sulfur Levels

Do you know the nutrient that has decreased the most from our soils? If you answered sulfur, you are correct. According to Performance Nutrition’s, Jake Straub, there are less than 10 parts per million. That is only 0.001% left. Since 2005, the Acid Rain Program and Cross-State Air Pollution Rule programs have reduced sulfur dioxide, annual nitrogen oxides, and ozone season NOx emissions from power plants greatly. While these programs have been beneficial to our environment, we can’t forget to put sulfur back into our soils. The graph taken from the United States EPA website shows that sulfur dioxide levels are 77% below what they were in 2005.


Sulfur: So What?

There are two kinds of sulfur needed for crop growth: sulfate sulfur (available immediately) and elemental sulfur (oxidizes for late season sulfur uptake). Sulfur is beneficial in many different ways. One of the most important ways is that it partners with nitrogen to make complete proteins. If you are looking to stabilize your nitrogen, sulfur should be an easy answer. Straub recommends trying to kill two birds with one stone this year by using Potassium Sulfate or Ammonium Sulfate. Not only does sulfur aid in nitrogen stabilization, it crafts chlorophyll, fabricates enzymes/vitamins, aids in seed production, promotes nodule formation in legumes, and facilitates translocations of sugars.

Ntise-ing Solution

Another thought for concern is that the already lacked nutrient can become tied up in the soil. Bacteria from decomposition of crop residues, cold temperatures, and water logged soils all can cause sulfur deficiency. To ensure that you are getting enough sulfur into your soils this year, consider Ntise. Ntise is a superior program to 28% and it can also include a 2% or 3% sulfur source. Ntise is ideal for corn at pre-plant, corn at plant, corn at sidedress, and wheat at topdress. With budgets tight, we know the importance of getting the most out of your expenses. Utilizing nitrogen efficiently by adding sulfur into your program is a great way to do that. Contact a sales associate today to learn more about this product.

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