Crop Nutrition

Sulfur Deficiency and Fertilizing for Winter Wheat

eKonomics News Team

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Sulfur deficiency in winter wheat is becoming more common in much of the Midwest. In Kansas, there are two main causes of sulfur deficiency: low sulfur inputs from atmospheric deposition and sulfur fertilizer or cooler soil temperatures as a result of no-till seeding.

Sulfur deficiency symptoms generally show up in the spring following green-up. At this growth stage, winter wheat begins rapid growth with stems elongating prior to jointing. Deficiency symptoms include stunted growth and yellowing of the younger or uppermost leaves. Since sulfur is mobile in the soil, symptoms tend to appear where soil erosion or leaching have occurred.

Check out this article from Kansas State Extension on how to manage sulfur deficiency by taking soil and tissue samples from areas where sulfur deficiency might be an issue.