Long-Lasting, Steady, and Gentle Sulfur Release

Results from an experiment at the UK's University of Nottingham prove that, compared with other fertilizers, Polysulphate multi-nutrient fertilizer releases sulfur steadily for a longer period of time.

August 12, 2021
2 mins

Sulfur is an essential crop nutrient. Farmers have a choice of sulfate fertilizers to help crop growth. However, as with all soluble plant nutrients, there are concerns that sulfates are prone to leaching – or being lost through the soil beyond the root’s reach – before they can be taken up by the crop.


Learning About Leaching

The UK’s University of Nottingham conducted a soil column test experiment, designed to compare the rate of release of sulfate from Polysulphate with that of other fertilizers.

Each soil sample, a depth or column of loam soil, had been previously leached of soil nutrients. Four different granular fertilizers – Polysulphate, ammonium sulfate, sulfate of potash and kieserite – containing equivalent rates of sulfur were added. The soil samples were flushed daily with de-ionized water and the leachate that drained away was measured for sulfate content.


Polysulphate’s gradual release of sulphate is clear when compared to other fertilizers.

Polysulphate’s gradual release of sulfate is clear when compared to other fertilizers.


Polysulphate’s Prolonged Nutrient Release Proven

The results of the sulfate release experiment show that sulfate in Polysulphate is released gently and over a prolonged period, for about 50 days. Which means that sulfur is released where it’s needed in the upper soil level, at the pace the plants need it, and for weeks.

Sulfate from other fertilizers is released much more quickly, and probably too quickly for crop roots to be able to capture it and use it over a long period, meaning unused sulfates are leached from the soil.

Understanding the nutrients required by crops, and when and how they are available, is an important step in helping make the right choice of fertilizer to apply in order to achieve the full crop performance.