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Five Facts You Didn’t Know About Sulphur

Sulphur is an element that exists naturally all over our planet and is an essential nutrient for grains, fruits and vegetables. Most growers associate sulphur only with their crops, but there are numerous uses for sulphur in everyday life. See our top five facts you didn’t know about sulphur: 

  1. Sulphur has many uses: Typically, we think of sulphur as a fertilizer, but from car batteries to medicine and even water processing, sulphur plays a crucial role in many different industries, not just agriculture. 
  2. Sulphur is essential for life: Ever wonder why onions make you cry? Or why garlic has a distinctive aroma? Sulphur compounds are the culprit. Sulphur is found in the amino acids of onions, garlic and many other vegetables, which can cause a smell when they release sulfoxides. 
  3. Sulphur is vital for plant growth: Historically, plants got their sulphur from the environment, but with more environmental regulations limiting sulphur emissions, crops can suffer from nutrient deficiencies. Sulphur plays a key role in chlorophyll and protein production and can increase crop yields.
  4. Sulphur makes up 3% of the Earth’s surface: Sulphur is the 10th most abundant element in the world. The element is also known as brimstone and can be found in volcanos and hot springs. 
  5. Sulphur in your diet: Without elemental sulphur, you wouldn’t have delicious vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, kale and cabbage. These vegetables not only thrive from sulphur-rich soils, but are also an excellent source of sulphur in your diet. Sulphur is necessary for many body functions and is also known to have anti-inflammatory properties. Consuming foods high in sulphur can positively impact your overall health. 

Sulphur is found in many things we use every day and is beneficial to animals, humans and crops. As sulphur becomes less plant-available in the environment, elemental sulphur can help put valuable nutrients back into the soil. With the right soil management plan, you won’t need to worry about sulphur deficiencies in your crops and you will have more time to enjoy sulphur-rich foods.

Contact a GFL Ag representative to learn how Bio-Sul Premium Plus, a sustainable, sulphur-enriched nutrient source, can benefit your farming operation. 

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