Why is Sulphur important for grassland farmers?
Sulphur is as important for grass growth and quality as Nitrogen, Phosphate and Potash. Where Sulphur is in short supply, applying Sulphur containing fertilisers is key to achieving grass yield with the energy and protein content required.
Along with Nitrogen, Sulphur is vital in protein synthesis within the grass plant. Sulphur is the core component of some of the key amino acids that make up proteins. Without enough Sulphur plant protein production is compromised, which reduces yield. Proteins are also needed for the grass plant to make sugars.
So where Sulphur is in short supply, there is a triple-impact of reduced sugar content, reduced protein content and reduced yields. Consequently, not only are grass yields disappointing, but what is produced is less palatable.
For our full advice download our Optimising Grass Growth with Sulphur leaflet