Influence of different forms of sulphur fertilizers on the content of mineral nitrogen in the soil and productivity of winter wheat

  • 1 Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry, Lithuania
  • 2 UAB “Agrodema”, Lithuania


The research was performed in 2019-2020 LAMMC at Rumokai Experimental Station of the Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry. The soil was calcaric luvisol, the granulometric composition was a silt loam on clay Winter wheat, after resumption of vegetation fertilized UAN-32 (control), Leader 24-6 and KAS-32 + Thio-Sul (N12S26). Nitrogen active substance: 60 + 60 + 30. Mineral nitrogen in the soil was investigated twice: during the grain milk stage of wheat and after harvest. In the grain milk stage in 2019 Leader 24-6 reduced mineral nitrogen by 6.7-47.6 %, UAN-32 + Thio-Sul – 21.6-28.7 %. 2020 – 58.0-42.3 % and 26.3-19.8 % (depending on the number of uses). After harvesting, mineral nitrogen was found in the fields where sulfur fertilizers were used 5.13-49.2 % less than in the control fields. The use of Thio-Sul had a positive effect on protein content.



  1. Ahmad S., Fazli I. S., Jamal A., Iqbal M., Abdin M. Z. Interactive effect of sulphur and nitrogen on nitrate reductase and ATP-Sulphurylase activities in relation to seed yield from Psoralea corylifolia L. Journal of Plant Biology, 50. 2007. P. 351-357.
  2. Beeckman F., Motte H., Beeckman T. Nitrification in agricultural soils: impact, actors, and mitigation. Current Opinion in Biotechnology, 50. 2018. P. 166-173.
  3. Camberato J., Casteel S. Sulfur deficiency. Soil Fertility Update. Agronomy Departament, Purdue University, West Lafayette. 2017. P. 1-6.
  4. Dostalova I., Hrivna L., Kotkova B., Burešova I., Janečkova M., Šottnikova V. Effect of nitrogen and sulphur fertilization on the quality of barley protein. Plant, Soil and Environment, 61. 2015. P. 399-404.
  5. Fazli I. S., Jamal A., Ahmad S., Masoodi M., Khan J.S., Abdin M. Z. Interective effect of sulphur and nitrogen on nitrogen accumulation and harvest in oilseed crops differing in nitrogen assimilation potential. Journal of Plant Nutrition, 31. 2008. P. 1203- 1220.
  6. Goloran J. B., Chen C. R., Philips I. R. Forms of nitrogen alter plant phosphorus uptake and pathways in rehabilitated highly alkaline bauxite processing residue sand. Land Degradation and Development, 28. 2017. P. 628-637.
  7. Hayat Y., Hussain Z., Shad Khan Khalil S. K., Khan Z. H., Ikramullah, Ali M., Shah T., Shah F. Effect of nitrogen and foliar sulphur applications on the growth and yield of two wheat varieties grown in Northern Pakistan. ARPN Journal of Agricultural and Biological Science, 10 (4). 2016. P. 139-145.
  8. Klikocka H., Cybulska M. Sulphur and Nitrogen Fertilization of Spring Wheat. Mineral Fertilization of Spring Wheat. Sarrbrucken, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing. 2014. 122 p.
  9. Klikocka H., Cybulska M., Barczak B., Narolski B., Szostak B., Kobiałka A., Nowak A., Wójcik E. The effect of sulphur and nitrogen fertilization on grain yield and technological quality of spring wheat. Plant Soil Environ., 62. 2016. P. 230-236.
  10. Masclaux-Dauresse C., Daniel-Vedele F., Dechorgnat J., Chardon F., Gaufichon L., Suzuki A. Nitrogen uptake, assimilation and remobilization in plants: challenges for sustainable and productive agriculture. Annals of Botany, 105. 2010. P. 1141-1157.
  11. Olfs H. W., Fuchs M., Ortseifen U., Schintling-Horny L., Chappuis A., Zerulla W., Erdle K. Schwefel-Düngung effiziert gestalten. Fachzentrum Land- und Ernährungwirtschaft. DLG 373, 5. 2012. P. 4-26 (in German).
  12. Raudonius S. Application of statistics in plant and crop research:important issues. Zemdirbyste-Agriculture, 104 (4). 2017. P. 377-382
  13. Smith W. N., Grant B. B., Desjardins R., L., Kroebel R., Li C., Qian B., Worth D. E., McConkey B. G., Drury C. F. Assessing the effects of climate change on crop production and GHG emissions in Canada. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 179. 2013, P. 139-150.
  14. Staugaitis G., Brazienė Z., Marcinkevičius A., Maţeika R., Antanaitis Š., Staugaitienė R. Spring barley as affected by nitrogen and sulphur fertiliser rates calculated using different diagnostic methods. Ţemdirbyste-Agriculture, 101 (4). 2014. P. 373-380.
  15. Wang J., Wang D., Zhang G., Wang Y., Wang C., Teng Y., Crstie P. Nitrogen and phosphorus leaching losses from intensively managed paddy fields wit straw retention. Agricultural Water Management, 141. 2014. P. 66-73.
  16. Ţičkienė L., Staugaitis G., Maţvila J., Masevičienė A., Narutytė I. Mineral nitrogen content fluxes in different texture soils on a rolling to hilly landscape. Ţemės ūkio mokslai/Agricultural Sciences, 22. 2015. P. 198-208. (in Lithuanian)

Article full text

Download PDF