A crucial plant nutrient for producing strong, high-yield plants, is Sulphur (S). All crops need Sulphur to produce their maximum yield, including fruits, vegetables, cereals, and pasture crops.
Historical Sulfur Sources
In the past, industrial processes that released Sulphur into the atmosphere provided a large portion of plants’ Sulphur needs. However, changes in regulations to enhance air quality have decreased atmospheric Sulphur, which has limited the amount of Sulphur that is available to plants. It becomes obvious that there is a need for efficient Sulphur fertilisers when you consider this and the expanding scale of agriculture, which removes more Sulphur from the soil.
The Role of Sulfur in Plants
For plants to produce proteins, enzymes, vitamins, and chlorophyll, sulphur is necessary. It is essential for the formation of nodules and effective nitrogen fixation in legumes.
Large levels of Sulphur are necessary for protein synthesis, particularly for the seed’s ability to produce oils. Sulphur is essential for determining the nutritional value of meals because it is a component of various amino acids and vitamins that are found in both plants and animals.
Sulphur is also necessary for photosynthesis and improves the winter hardiness of crops. In addition to crops with high Sulphur requirements, such as legumes (alfalfa, clover, soybean, etc.) and Cruciferae (canola and rapeseed), crops with high nitrogen requirements, such as cotton and maize, also require an adequate supply of Sulphur in order to maximise their nitrogen uptake.
Symptoms of Sulfur Deficiency
Younger leaves first develop pale green leaves, which signify a lack of Sulphur. The entire plant will eventually appear light yellow-green. Sulphur shortage in plants frequently manifests as stunted growth and decreased size.
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