BULLETIN NO. 188.
THE RELATION OF SULFUR TO SOIL
BY O. M. SHEDD.
Numerous experiments have been made in the last few years
in determining the importance of sulfur compounds in plant
growth and their value in soil fertility. In a former publi
cation] the writer gave a resume of the experiments that
have been made along this line and more recent ones are in-
cluded here in order to show the present status of this
Chancrin and Desriotg report some further experiments
on the effect of adding sulfur to potatoes and beets. The re-
sults show that applications of 178 to 356 pounds per acre
gave increases in the yield of both crops
Tritschler has found in experiments with mangel
wurzels that the use of sulfur slightly increased the yield and
sugar content but this is attributed not so much to the fer-
` tilizing action of the sulfur as to its protection of the crop
from insects and disease.
Lierkel cites observations on fruits which indicate that
fertilizing materials containing considerable amounts of sul-
fates produce better results than those free from such com-
Vermorel and Dantony* have grown wheat and kidney
beans in paraffined pots, the soil in which was freed f`rom
organic matter. With nitrogen as nitrates. neither sulfur