Sulfur (S) deficiency
What it does
Sulfur (S) deficiency affects chlorophyll production, protein synthesis, and plant function and structure.
It can lead to delayed plant development and maturity. If deficiency occurs at vegetative stage, it can affect yield.
Why and where it occurs
S deficiency is not particularly common in irrigated rice.
It occurs in soils containing allophane, soils with low organic matter status, highly weathered soils containing large amounts of Iron (Fe) oxides, and sandy soils.
How to identify
Check the field for the following symptoms:
Other symptoms and effects on growth include the following:
S-deficient rice plants have less resistance to adverse conditions (e.g., cold).
S deficiency has the same foliar symptoms as nitrogen deficiency. To confirm cause of problem, send soil and plant sample to laboratory for testing.
Why is it important
S deficiency is not particularly common in irrigated rice and thus tends to be of little economic significance.
Its effect on yield is more pronounced when S deficiency occurs during vegetative growth.
How to manage
There is currently no practical field management option for S deficiency. Where possible,