Post by sigurdur on Jan 28, 2018 3:51:51 GMT
I have posted this elsewhere but will mention it here. As I was driving Thursday I tuned to AM radio and listened to the Indiana Agricultural Report. The guest expert was talking about sulfur depletion in soil. He said that farmers had not had to worry about it because in the past “acid rain” had kept the sulfur concentration in the soils within the optimum range for most crops. However now it is being found in many fields that sulfur concentration levels are dropping below the optimum range for the most common crops grown in Indiana and that farmers need to ask specifically for testing for it because it is not part of the normal soil analysis. So now what farmers once got free they are going to have to pay for to be sure their yields and crop quality do not decline. Who would have thought that there was a benefit from “acid rain”?
It has been applying to me for 20 years or longer. I try and stay ahead of the game, even tho NDSU said I didn't need sulfur. Had to pull teeth to get it done at 1st. Had to special order Sulfur to my co-op. My neighbors thought I was nuts. Well, today, every fertilizer dealer in the area HAS a bin just for sulfur. Was hard to get at 1st. Got it from a coal fired power plant. Someone there was looking for a market, so they palletized the sulfur. Was cheap, not so anymore.
Sulfur is a 2ndary nutrient, required to metabolize N in the plant so that protein is made.