The Critical Need for More Sulphur in Advanced Agriculture
Sulphur is essential for life on earth. As one of the fundamental “macronutrients,” including nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K), sulphur has a key role in crop development and growth.
A growing problem: Sulphur levels have been declining for years, severely limiting crop production in many parts of the world.
Why does advanced agriculture need more sulphur?
Global grain and oilseed production is struggling to keep up with consumption, which has risen at an annualized rate of 2.2 percent over the past decade.
More growers are switching to sources with little or no sulphur– like urea or MAP. Because of this, less plant nutrient sulphur (PNS) is being applied through macronutrient sources.
Global industry has cut SO2, “greenhouse gas” emissions to reduce acid rain. While this is environmentally positive overall, it has also reduced regionally concentrated supplies of PNS.
Today’s high-performance seed hybrids require significantly more PNS, and they need it throughout the season to maximize yield potentials.