Effects of Adding Sulfur to Corn and Soybeans

Effects of Adding Sulfur to Corn and Soybeans


Midwest corn and soybean plants are up and
growing but some look a little bit better than others. The deep green color of these corn plants
is noticeable. BRANDT’s Tech Agronomist, Ed Corrigan, says
it’s because of the addition of sulfur. And when you see these plants display these
nice deep color, you can tell they’re off and going and it’s all been tied to critical
micronutrients. The dark color of green and sulfur is so important
to that early plant vigor and and it assists so much with nitrogen metabolization in both
crops. It has such an important function we’re really
stating to see where that’s making a huge difference in the growth pattern on both crops. Ed says right now stay away from using elemental
sulfur, it simply takes too long to work. There’s a better way, he says, to improve
crop quality. It’s all about not just having good looking
crops but also profitable crops. And for every dollar you spend in corn, for
sulfur you’ll get a $3 return. For every dollar you spend in soybeans you
get a $6 return. It is a huge profitability item for growers
to get in that neighborhood between 10 and 20 pounds of S. And we try to focus on an
ammonium sulfate or a sulfate form of S that is available to the crop. Ed says the research shows a 12 bushel/acre
response in beans and 10-12 in corn right now if you want to green up those yellow raggedy
looking corn fields, it’s easy to do. We just add Trio. Trio has some sulfur in it, some zinc and
manganese and that’s been one of the items that you can just add it to your foliar herbicide
program roundup being the typical one but it’s compatible with a lot of our herbicides
post and will get a really good response. The more yellow your corn is, the bigger the
response to that quart of trio. And it should, in a corn plant, take about
3-4 days with out 80 and 70 degree temperatures to put out a new leaf that and that new leaf
will have that green color. Ed and the other professionals at BRANDT will
be tracking and reacting to the growing season all year. For more updates from the BRANDT Research
Farms, check in with www.brandt.co during the growing season.

One thought on “Effects of Adding Sulfur to Corn and Soybeans

  1. Love the topic but Elemental Sulphur will work just fine when managed properly. We've only known how to do this for nearly 40 years in Alberta Canada and in his environment even easier.

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