Little Known Role of Sulfate Sulfur

By Ralph E. Hart, Crop Doctor

Most know that sulfur has an essential function in the plant by converting nitrogen to protein. It also plays a major role in chlorophyll production, along with other nutrients. However, I want to make you aware of another very important function of sulfur that many do not know about, and why an available form of sulfate sulphur is so very vital to a plant’s life.

First, let’s think about the plant’s struggles that may occur, such as stress caused by cold soils/and or temperatures, by extremely wet conditions that saturate the soils and drive essential oxygen out, by the plant having trouble breaking down herbicides, or the by excess fertilizer salts. These “real” stresses can happen to our crops early on.

Did you know that stress on a seedling corn plant, which occurs before the growing point gets to the top of the ground, can reduce potential yield, mainly by reducing the number of kernel rows the ear will have? Did you know that early stress on a soybean plant can be the precursor to sudden death syndrome? Did you know that if plants, like animals, miss a certain period of growth at a certain time due to stress, they will always fail to reach their potential yield no matter how they are fed thereafter? So what does sulfur have to do with these early season stresses?

Plants cannot survive without a sulfur containing molecule called glutathione. Sulfate sulfur is needed to make glutathione in the plant, and the more stress put on a plant, the more glutathione the plant requires. Think of glutathione in the plant as white blood cells in the human body – it is necessary for the defense of a plant, and the more stressed a plant is then the more glutathione is needed. If the plant cannot get enough glutathione, then the plant is slow to recover, or may not recover at all.

If glutathione is needed in the plant, and it takes sulfate sulfur to make glutathione, then what does this tell us? First, elemental sulfur will not produce glutathione, so when applied early when stress is more likely, it doesn’t help the plant. And if we are waiting to put AMS down later as a topdress, we miss the sulfate sulfur needed to make glutathione for those earlier stresses.

What if we use a sulfate early on in preparing for these early stresses? Unless it has a calcium stabilizer like SUL4R-PLUS® fertilizer, it could very well leach out before it is needed to make glutathione. We need to consider our sulfur choices and understand if they can help make glutathione for our crop’s safety. If you know your sulfur choices, it should be an easy choice and SUL4R-PLUS fertilizer should win hands down!

SUL4R-PLUS® Products Boost Wheat Yields in Illinois vs. AMS, What Can They Do for Your Wheat Crop?

Numerous studies have shown that sulfur increases yield, improves grain quality, increases nitrogen uptake and efficiency and improves the overall health of the plant. In addition, adequate calcium and sulfur in the wheat help with stress during crucial growth stages of production. Sulfate is the plant food available form of sulfur found in our SUL4R-PLUS® fertilizer products.

A recent 2018 trial of SUL4R-PLUS products on wheat in Washington County, Illinois demonstrates the agronomic value of our innovative fertilizer products. 
In this wheat study, the farmer standard of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, was used on wheat with SUL4R-PLUS product applied as the sulfur source at the recommended rate of 100 lbs./acre.

2018 harvest brought strong results with yields averaging 10 bu/acre gain and an increase of 1 – 2 points on test weight versus the grower reported standard using AMS as the sulfur source.

SUL4R-PLUS fertilizer delivered 10+ bu/acre with 1 – 2 point improvement in test weigh on wheat in Illinois.


SUL4R-PLUS fertilizer delivered 10+ bu/acre with 1 – 2 point improvement in test weigh on wheat in Illinois.

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SUL4R-PLUS® Products Deliver Significant Value on Cotton in Georgia, What Can They Do for Your Cotton Crop?

A recent trial of SUL4R-PLUS® products on cotton in Tifton County Georgia demonstrates the agronomic value of these innovative fertilizer products.

In Tifton – Loamy Sand soil, SUL4R-PLUS® B+Z fertilizer, applied at a rate of 100 lbs per acre, yielded .44 more bales per acre, or 220 lbs of lint per acre than the grower standard. At today’s pricing, this is an increase of $173.80 per acre to the grower’s top line.

 

In the same soil conditions, SUL4R-PLUS BORON fertilizer, applied at a rate of 100 lbs per acre, yielded .56 more bales per acre, or 280 more points of lint per acre than the grower standard. At today’s pricing, this is a top line increase of $221.20 per acre for the grower.

 

See the complete summary above of the results from this trial with all four SUL4R-PLUS products and contact us at www.sul4r-plus.com to see how the agronomic advantages and superior quality of SUL4R-PLUS® crop nutrient products can help improve your grower’s bottom line.

Soybean Struggles? SUL4R-PLUS® Products Deliver Significant Value on Soybeans in Indiana and Kentucky.

Recent 2018 trials of SUL4R-PLUS® products on corn in Northeast and Williamsburg, Indiana and Larue County, Kentucky demonstrate the agronomic value of these innovative fertilizer products.

In Northeast Indiana, SUL4R-PLUS® B+Z fertilizer, applied to soybeans at a rate of 100 lbs. per acre, yielded 12.4 more bushels per acre than the grower standard. At today’s pricing, this is an increase of $116.00 per acre to the grower’s top line and a 155-acre field average of 85.6 BU/AC.

In Williamsburg, SUL4R-PLUS® B+Z fertilizer, applied to soybeans at a rate of 100 lbs. per acre, yielded 4.4 more bushels per acre than the grower standard. At today’s pricing, this is an increase of $39.60 per acre to the grower’s top line. In addition, SUL4R-PLUS® B+Z fertilizer provided essential micronutrients Boron and Zinc to improve overall plant health and had superior spread to ensure even feeding.

And in Larue County, Kentucky, SUL4R-PLUS® B+Z fertilizer, applied to soybeans at a rate of 100 lbs. per acre, yielded 2.8 more bushels per acre than the grower standard. At today’s pricing, this is an increase of $25.20 per acre to the grower’s top line. In addition, SUL4R-PLUS® B+Z fertilizer improved overall plant health by providing essential micronutrients Boron and Zinc in one complete dry fertilizer application as opposed to two separate fertilizer applications, dry and foliar(liquid) indicated by Farmer Standard. One application of nutrients is not only a time saver, but a money saver. Tissue sampling on 8-23 at R6 (full reproductive) stage illustrated the importance of even timely feeding of micronutrients—demonstrated in yield and verified by tissue analysis.

See the complete summary above of the results of this trial with all four SUL4R-PLUS® products and contact us at www.sul4r-plus.com to see how the agronomic advantages and superior quality of SUL4R-PLUS® crop nutrient products can help improve your grower’s bottom line.

SUL4R-PLUS B+Z Fertilizer Performs on Corn in Northeast Indiana Adding $40/Acre More to the Top Line

A grower decided to try our SUL4R-PLUS® B+Z product versus his standard N-P-K-S treatment regime which included Ammonium Sulphate as the sulfur supply. The grower added the same units of N-P-K and 100 lbs/acre of A-S on approximately 100 acres of a 154 acre field, and the rest was treated with the same number of units of N-P-K with 100 lbs/acre of SUL4R-PLUS® B+Z fertilizer. The 100 lbs/acre of SUL4R-PLUS® B+Z fertilizer supplied 18 units of Calcium, 16 units of Sulfate, 1.5 units of Zinc, and 0.5 units of Boron, per acre. The yield on the section treated with SUL4R-PLUS® B+Z fertilizer came back at 11.3 bu/acre more than that treated with the grower’s standard of ammonium sulfate. At $3.50/bu, that adds $39.55 to the grower’s top line! The product of evenly feeding the right nutrients to the crop throughout the entire growing season!

 

SUL4R-PLUS® Products Add Value on Corn in Alabama

 

SUL4R-PLUS® products continue to demonstrate value to growers. Please see the above results from a recently harvested 50 acre corn plot. Our customer was comparing their typical N-P-K blend for corn with elemental sulfur and zinc sulfate powder added to the blend to the same N-P-K units but with SUL4R-PLUS® B+Z and SUL4R-PLUS® products. SUL4R-PLUS® products supplied the needed plant available Calcium, Sulfur, Zinc, and Boron throughout the growing season to balance nutrition and optimize yield. Per the photo below taken during a visit to the field prior to harvest, we had reason to believe the yield from the SUL4R-PLUS® B+Z product yield would be special. Notice the tip-loss on the Check-FS ears versus the ears from the section treated with SUL4R-PLUS® B+Z.

The bottom line:

SUL4R-PLUS B+Z fertilizer, which supplies 18 units of Calcium, 16 units of Sulfate, 1.5 units of Zinc, and 0.5 units of Boron, per 100 pounds of application, all in plant available form, outperformed the grower standard by 8.5 bushels per acre. At $3.50/bu, that’s $29.75 per acre more to the top line than the grower standard fertility program.

SUL4R-PLUS® fertilizer, which supplies 21 units of Calcium and 17 units of Sulfate per 100 pounds of application, all in plant available form, outperformed the grower standard by 6 bushels per acre. At $3.50/bu, that’s $21 per acre more to the top line than the grower standard fertility program.

Please contact us at INFO@SUL4R-PLUS.COM for more information.

TAURUS TO MARKET AND DISTRIBUTE SUL4R-PLUS® FAMILY OF FERTILIZER PRODUCTS ACROSS CANADA

Taurus is pleased to announce the signing of a long-term distribution agreement with SUL4R-PLUS®, LLC, a provider of innovative fertilizer products for the agricultural market. Together through this exclusive distribution agreement, Taurus and SUL4R-PLUS will develop, market and distribute the SUL4R-PLUS® family of fertility products including SUL4R-PLUS® fertilizer and SUL4R-PLUS® BORON fertilizer, and will have the capability to jointly develop custom solutions to better serve our growers needs.

SUL4R-PLUS fertilizer is an innovative granular calcium sulfate fertilizer proven to enhance soil health and improve crop nutrition.  The seed safe features of SUL4R-PLUS make it a great partner to help growers reduce salt index and boost soil health. By not absorbing moisture from the air, and only dissolving on contact with water in soil solution, it offers immediate availability to the plant. 

“We have taken it upon ourselves to continue to search out and identify technologies that have a fit agronomically and economically for our advanced growers,” states Craig Davidson, founding partner and President of Taurus. “When we can do that, and it involves a sustainability story as well, it empowers growers to have a positive connection with consumers into the future. Couple that with an increased requirement in our marketplace for seed safety, season long feeding of plants and supporting the biology of the soil for enhanced soil health, SUL4R-PLUS has checked off all these boxes in our due diligence process. Our partnership with SUL4R-PLUS allows Taurus the opportunity to work with most all nutrients required to grow a healthy crop delivered in a seed safe, season long feeding approach. Healthy soils, healthy plants, healthy economics! We can’t wait to get more growers involved.”     

Peter DeQuattro, Executive Vice President of SUL4R-PLUS, LLC, adds, “We are delighted to partner with such an experienced and innovative team as Taurus as we expand our North American footprint rapidly into Canada. SUL4R-PLUS fertilizers use exclusive patented technology and proven chemistry to engineer products that increase yield and crop quality. All nutrients are in plant-available form which means no waiting as we follow the 4Rs of crop nutrition – right product, right place, right rate and right time. And because of the high-quality dust free design of the SUL4R-PLUS products, the nutrients can be evenly delivered on every square foot of every acre with today’s modern, high intensity, application machinery – resulting in uniform feeding, efficient application, higher yields and better crop quality.”

To learn more about SUL4R-PLUS, please visit www.SUL4R-PLUS.com.

About SUL4R-PLUS®, LLC

Based in Louisville, KY, SUL4R-PLUS®, LLC develops innovative products for the agricultural market including SUL4R-PLUS® fertilizer, an in-demand granular calcium sulfate that is engineered to provide improved crop yield for growers. While synthetic gypsum has been used in agriculture applications in the past, SUL4R-PLUS®, LLC has a patented process to create dust free, uniformly sized granules, making calcium and sulfur application easier for the farmer and meeting the increasing demand for higher yields by the regional farming industry. SUL4R-PLUS® BORON fertilizer, SUL4R-PLUS® ZINC fertilizer and SUL4R-PLUS® B+Z fertilizer also now are available. For more information, visit www.SUL4R-PLUS.com or call 844-822-8385.

About Taurus Agricultural Marketing

Taurus, a sales, marketing and agronomic support company, focuses on supporting agricultural retailers, agronomy experts and advanced growers by working with manufacturers to strategically develop and market innovative products for use in the Western Canadian Agricultural Industry and abroad. Taurus has offices in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and focuses on four key pillars of agricultural business: Agronomy & Soil Health; Fertility; Biological Inoculants; Plant Enhancement Technologies. For more information about Taurus Agricultural Marketing, please contact one of our representatives, visit us on the web www.taurus.ag or follow us on Twitter @TaurusAgTeam.

Initial SUL4R-PLUS® B+Z Fertilizer Trial Results for Corn Show Even Feeding and No Deficiencies

Take a look at the below pictures from a corn trial underway in Pembroke, KY where 100 lbs/acre of SUL4R-PLUS® B+Z fertilizer was post applied alone after planting. Note SUL4R-PLUS® B+Z fertilizer was applied in alternating 80’ swaths across the planted rows of corn. Farmer standard Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium were applied pre-plant on every acre.

Notice the visual difference in terms the overall health of the plant – color, height, maturity stage and canopy all look stronger, greener, healthier as a result of the even feeding of SUL4R-PLUS B+Z fertilizer.

Recent tissue samples from this trial indicate enhanced uptake of Calcium, Sulfur, Zinc, and Boron, with multiple studies and trials indicating that the nutrients will remain available throughout the crop growing season delivering yield increases and no deficiencies.

We know what you will ask: “What will the yield difference look like?” Our experience over multiple, replicated trials on corn is that the application of 50 to 100 lbs of SUL4R-PLUS® B+Z fertilizer to typical grower blends has delivered increased yields of 11-30 bu/acre in differing soil conditions, resulting in grower ROI’s of 150%-698% and no deficiencies.

With ears that look to average 9”- 10” in length and are almost completely filled in the sections treated with SUL4R-PLUS® B+Z versus the ears in the areas of the “Check” fertility appear to be averaging 6”-7” with 2”-3” of the ears unfilled, we believe this trial will fall right in line with our past experiences.

SUL4R-PLUS® B+Z fertilizer micronutrient package delivers a potent quartet of nutrients – Boron, Zinc, Calcium and Sulfur – formulated to make nutrition immediately available to hungry crops whether applied in the spring or in the fall.

COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGES:

  • Every granule contains Boron, Zinc, Calcium and Sulfur, and spread patterns result in 22-30 granules per square foot across the acre (based on 100 lbs/acre application rate) so every plant gets fed with efficient nutrition – “Even Feeding”
  • Product solubility provides immediate nutrition to all crops and nutrient release rates that mimic the uptake of most crops to provide “3 meals per day to the crop” whether applied in the spring or the fall
  • All nutrients are in plant-available form (no waiting), for Right Product, Right Place, Right Rate, Right Time (4Rs)
  • Phosphorus-free, for P-sensitive and P-restricted zones
  • Provides formulation flexibility, allowing you to provide the correct nutrition or variable rate feeding for crops without overapplying Potassium, Phosphorus, or Nitrogen
  • Flexibility to spread 90-120 feet and endorsed by New Leader
  • Highest quality granules that blend well with other dry fertilizers and result in dust-free handling
  • Salt index less than 8

Get the secondary and micronutrient fertilizer solution for Macro yields. For more information regarding SUL4R-PLUS® B+Z fertilizer, call 844-822-8385 or e-mail INFO@SUL4R-PLUS.COM. And follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

It’s Not Too Late and It’s Not Too Early!

It is not too late to add SUL4R-PLUS® B+Z fertilizer in your side dress applications on corn and soybeans, or too early to plan to add SUL4R-PLUS® B+Z fertilizer in your fall blends on wheat to bring more value to the grower.

This year’s corn and soybean crops are looking as though they have the potential to produce very good results given a good season and strong pricing. The USDA Crop Progress report released on 05/29/2018 indicates corn planting is ahead of the prior 5-year average, and last year, at 92%; Corn Emerged is ahead of the prior 5-year average, and last year, at 72%; and Corn Condition is looking better than last year, at 79% G-T-E. The Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and SUL4R-PLUS, LLC’s home state of Kentucky, are reported at 83%, 78%, 82%, and 85% G-T-E respectively.

Take a look at the below pictures from a corn trial underway in Christian County, KY where 100 lbs/acre of SUL4R-PLUS® B+Z fertilizer was post applied alone after planting, note SUL4R-PLUS® B+Z fertilizer was applied in alternating 80’ swaths across the planted rows of corn. Farmer standard Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium were applied pre-plant on every acre. Notice the visual difference; the green up and healthier plants. Recent tissue samples from this trial indicate enhanced uptake of Calcium, Sulfur, Zinc, and Boron, with multiple studies and trials indicating that the nutrients will remain available throughout the crop growing season delivering yield increases.

We know what you will ask: “What will the yield difference look like?” Our experience over multiple, replicated trials on corn is that the application of 50 to 100 lbs of SUL4R-PLUS® B+Z fertilizer to typical grower blends has delivered increased yields of 11-30 bu/acre in differing soil conditions, resulting in grower ROI’s of 150%-698%.

Also, multiple replicated trials of our SUL4R-PLUS® products on soybeans have indicated yield increases of 3-14 bu/acre, with an average of 6 bu/acre, resulting in grower ROI’s of up to 166%.

“It’s not too early to plan to add SUL4R-PLUS® B+Z fertilizer to your fall blends on wheat?” That is correct. See the below table of tissue sample data from a trial underway on wheat in Herndon, KY.

Sample A is the grower standard treated with 100 lbs/acre of KMAG. Sample B-T is the grower standard without KMAG, but with 100 lbs/acre of SUL4R-PLUS® B+Z fertilizer. The fertilizers were applied at planting in October 2017. There are six alternating 90-foot swaths of each application, and the field had received > 36 inches of rain between planting to the 05/07/2018 tissue sample (> 23 inches of rain since 01/01/2018) date done with flag leaves at mid bloom. This tissue sample data clearly indicates that when applied in the fall as preplant for winter crops such as wheat or with Phosphorus and Potassium for next year’s crop; SUL4R-PLUS® B+Z fertilizer will still be providing plant available Calcium, Sulfur, Zinc, and Boron, when needed in the spring. Confirm the laboratory trial conclusions by Texas A&M’s Dr. Jake Mowrer published in early 2017 by visiting www.SUL4R-PLUS.com.

How?

SUL4R-PLUS® B+Z fertilizer micronutrient package delivers a potent quartet of nutrients – Boron, Zinc, Calcium and Sulfur – formulated to make nutrition immediately available to hungry crops whether applied in the spring or in the fall.

COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGES:

  • Every granule contains Boron, Zinc, Calcium and Sulfur, so every plant gets fed with efficient nutrition
  • Product solubility provides immediate nutrition to all crops whether applied in the spring or the fall
  • All nutrients are in plant-available form (no waiting), for Right Product, Right Place, Right Rate, Right Time (4Rs)
  • 20-30 granules per square foot (based on 100 lbs/acre application rate) – resulting in uniform feeding
  • Phosphorus-free, for P-sensitive and P-restricted zones
  • Provides formulation flexibility, allowing you to provide the correct nutrition or variable rate feeding for crops without overapplying Potassium, Phosphorus, or Nitrogen
  • Nutrient releasing characteristics that best mimic the nutrient uptake curves of most crops during the growing season and also indicate it is a superior source of Sulfate-Sulfur for fall application, especially versus AMS, which leaches out of the soil solution in 5-10 days
  • Flexibility to spread 90-120 feet
  • Highest quality granules that blend well with other dry fertilizers with dust-free handling
  • Low salt index less than 8, making it safe for in-furrow application

Get the secondary and micronutrient fertilizer solution for Macro yields. For more information regarding SUL4R-PLUS® B+Z fertilizer, call 844-822-8385 or e-mail INFO@SUL4R-PLUS.COM.

MAKE SUL4R-PLUS® YOUR CALCIUM & SULFUR SUPPLIER!

As we all know sulfur has been declining in our soils for years; which has prompted growers to incorporate sulfur in their crop nutrient programs to increase yields, improve quality and overall plant health.

Recent studies have indicated that we are missing out on another very important secondary nutrient, Calcium. Be honest, we in the industry have overlooked the plant value of Calcium. Yes, the value of Calcium in the soil has always been in our minds; with little focus on the plant. Just because soil analyses indicate there is a lot of calcium in the soil solution, plant health improvements, yield increases, and real returns are still available by adding plant available Calcium to the crop nutrition plan.

The question to be answered:

HOW IMPORTANT IS CALCIUM TO THE PLANT?

  • Every plant needs Calcium to grow; it is one of the 6 macro-nutrients.
  • Calcium is essential to the metabolic processes of other nutrient uptake.
  • Calcium Helps plants absorb Nutrients better. In a simplified manner, Calcium is a nutrient carrier in both the soil and the plant.
  • Calcium is vital for building and strengthening plant cell walls; promotes cell elongation
  • Calcium aids in protecting the plant against heat stress.
  • Calcium helps protect plants against disease.
  • Calcium promotes stronger cell walls which inhibit invasion of fungi and bacteria.
  • Calcium improves fruit quality.
  • Calcium helps maintain a chemical balance in soil.
    • Reduces soil salinity.
    • Calcium is a soil amendment.
  • Calcium improves water penetration.
  • Calcium neutralizes excess acid or excess alkaline in the soil environment.
  • Calcium is the key to proper root growth.
    • Without proper root growth, plants are more susceptible to drought and more sensitive to improper mineral nutrition.

SUL4R-PLUS, LLC manufactures product solutions that provide the secondary and micronutrients needed for healthier, better yielding crops. SUL4R-PLUS® fertilizer has revolutionized the application of Sulfur, Calcium and micronutrients. SUL4R-PLUS fertilizer, comprised of 21% Calcium and 17% Sulfate, is an innovative granular calcium sulfate product proven to improve crop health and increase crop yields. In addition to the two vital nutrients Calcium and Sulfate; we have products that also incorporate 1.5% Boron or 3% Zinc or a combination of 0.5% Boron & 1.5% Zinc.