A recent paper published by IPI (The International Potash Institute), examines the benefits of Polyhalite as a fertilizer on the yield and quality of mustard and sesame oilseed crops.
The objective of the study was to evaluate the effects and benefits of Polysulphate application in mustard and sesame crops under field conditions in Uttar Pradesh, India. Two field experiments (mustard and sesame) were carried out on sandy loam soil at Oil Seed Farm Kalyanpur, C.S. Azad University of Agriculture and Technology Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh (India) during 2013-2014. Subsurface (0-15 cm) soil samples were randomly collected before the start of the experiment, and analyzed for their physico-chemical properties.
The experimental plots were divided so that 6 different treatments could be applied to examine the effect Polysulphate (The trade name of Polyhalite) had on the crops.
The results are clear and show that:
- Potassium application is essential for obtaining high grain and oil yields in mustard and sesame.
- Sulphur application at a macro-element dosage level significantly increases yields of oilseed species such as mustard and sesame
- Sulphur and K seem to have a synergistic effect in oilseed species.
- Polysulphate is a considerable fertilizer for basal enrichment of soils with S, and also K.
Full details of the experiment and the results and conclusions can be seen in the IPI Research Findings paper Effects of Polyhalite as a Fertilizer on Yield and Quality of the Oilseed Crops Mustard and Sesame.
About IPI: IPI is a non-governmental and non-profit organization with its headquarters in Zug, Switzerland. Founded in 1952 by German and French potash producers, it is now supported by producers in Europe and the Middle East. IPI’s mission is to develop and promote balanced fertilization for the production of higher yields and more nutritious food, and ensure the sustainability of production through conservation of soil fertility for future generations.