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Book: Sulfur: A Missing Link between Soils, Crops, and Nutrition
Published by: American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America

 

This chapter in SULFUR: A MISSING LINK BETWEEN SOILS, CROPS, AND NUTRITION

  1.  p. 45-58
    agronomy monographs 50.
    Sulfur: A Missing Link between Soils, Crops, and Nutrition

    Joseph Jez (ed.)

    ISBN: 978-0-89118-186-6

     
    Published: 2008


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doi:10.2134/agronmonogr50.c4

History of Sulfur Deficiency in Crops

  1. Silvia Haneklaus,
  2. Elke Bloem and
  3. Ewald Schnug
  1. Julius-Kühn Institute, Braunschweig, Germany

Abstract

Sulfur is unique in that its reputation has changed from undesired pollutant to a major limiting factor in plant production within just a few years in Northern Europe. The reduction in natural availability of this nutrient coincided with the change of major targets of agricultural production from maximizing crop production in the 1980s to supplying high-quality produce in the new millennium. This required a much more holistic approach to all inputs, including sulfur to develop ecologically sound standards that both will maintain sustainable production as well as not interact unfavorably with neighboring nonagricultural ecosystems. It is the objective of this chapter to deliver a concise chronicle about sulfur in the soil–plant environment that includes a brief presentation of sulfur deficiency symptoms from plant to paddock for oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.), cereals, and sugar beet (Beta vulgaris L.).

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Copyright © 2008. American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America, 5585 Guilford Road, Madison, WI 53711-5801, USA. Sulfur: A Missing Link between Soils, Crops, and Nutrition. Agronomy Monograph 50.