Description: A sizable amount of technical information has been accumulated on the effects of agricultural applications of the natural mineral product called Sul-Fe. This technical information supports the field observations of farmers, landscapers and gardeners who have used the product. Sul-Fe is often evaluated in terms of its sulphur content alone. When compared to elemental sulphur (100% sulphur), the 18 to 21% sulphur content of Sul-Fe seems relatively low. However, as the following technical data indicates, when judged on actual effects, Sul-Fe's complex mixture of minerals has several advantages over elemental sulphur. When judged on the basis of soil acidulation, Sul-Fe has more immediate effects than elemental sulphur. The rapid acidifying effect is due to Sul-Fe's content of crystalline sulphuric acid. Sul-Fe also has long-term effects on soil pH due to its content of sulphur and sulfides and the time required to oxidize these materials. Elemental sulphur contains sulphur in only one chemical form which must be microbially oxidized before it becomes reactive in the soil solution, a reaction that takes quite some time in some soils. Sul-Fe is thus better than elemental sulphur in terms of immediate effects and comparable in terms of long term effects. Applied blends of Sul-Fe supplemented with elemental sulphur may provide for a maximization of both short and long term effects. An additional benefit derived from the use of Sul-Fe is the addition to the soil of a variety of trace nutrients including iron, calcium, zinc, copper, manganese, magnesium, and molybdenum.
Date: June 1, 1985
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