Sulphur 24% Nitrogen 21%
SMS Amsul is a grey white crystalline powder. Ammonium Sulphate is a by-product of steel. It is made by treating the by-product from the coke ovens with Sulphuric Acid. Since it’s hygroscopic in nature, it must be stored under cover and away from moisture to retain free-flowing characteristic.
Comparison of Root Proliferation Due to Fertiliser Banding
Consequences of banding nitrogen fertiliser in the soil. Effects on the growth of wheat roots.
When a solid fertiliser is placed in a band in the soil, the fertiliser is dissolved and subsequently moves out to interact with the soil in various ways. Some aspects of this interaction, including effects on nitrification are compared between two fertilisers:- Urea and Ammonium Sulphate.
The Importance of Sulphur
Sulphur ranks in importance with nitrogen (N) in the formation of protein. Other benefits include improved resistance to cold damage and disease infestation.
In cropping situations sulphur deficiency is usually reflected in its protein content as well as its type of protein. Sulphur supply affects the make-up of amino acids in plants. In those well supplied with sulphur, cystine is the dominant amino acid present while in sulphur deficient plants methionine becomes dominant.
With limits the proportion of methionine in the total amino acids is a measure of the quality of the proteins. The role of sulphur in plants is in the synthesis of certain amino acids, thus the make-up of protein for enzyme activity, the production of certain enzymes and for various metabolic processes.
Foliar Sprays vs. Soil Granular Fertilisers
- Is very volatile. Losses to the atmosphere can be considerable and very costly.
- Is prone to leaching. This causes considerable loss of calcium and other nutrients down the soil profile. Very costly.
- Acidification. The leaching of N is very acidifying to the soil.
- Adverse physical effect on soil. Leaching of calcium causes loss of desirable soil conditions.
- Toxic. Conversion through the nitrite stage can be toxic to soil biota for up to 8 weeks.
- Losses as outlined need to be accounted for when determining crop N needs.
- Generally assumed to be 30% – 50% efficient.
- Long term – slow degradation of soil characteristics.
- Application should only be in small amounts which the crop can immediately use for a quick response
- Sulphur ranks in importance with nitrogen in the formation of protein.
- Other benefits include improved resistance to cold damage and disease infestation
- In cropping situations sulphur deficiency is usually reflected in its protein content as well as its type of protein. Sulphur supply affects the makeup of amino acids in plants.
- Those well supplied with Sulphur, cysteine is the dominant amino acid present while in sulphur deficient plants methionine becomes dominant.
- Much less prone to leaching.
- The role of sulphur in plants is in the synthesis of certain amino acids and thus the make up of protein for enzyme activity, the production of certain enzymes and for various metabolic processes.