How much can I expect soil pH to go down when using ammonium sulfate to provide my crops with the recommended amount of sulfur? | AdvanSix Ammonium Sulfate

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How much can I expect soil pH to go down when using ammonium sulfate to provide my crops with the recommended amount of sulfur?
At the low rates required to satisfy a crop's sulfur needs, the acidifying effect of ammonium sulfate is insignificant - in the order of thousandths of a pH unit. Based on a calculation, for a sulfur rate of 30 pounds per acre, it comes up to 0.004 of a pH unit for a clay soil with a pH of 6.00 (taking it down to 5.99) and 0.009 of a pH unit for a sandy loam soil with a pH of 6.60 (taking it down to 6.59). Therefore, long-term use of ammonium sulfate as a sulfur source may not significantly acidify soils.

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