Quick-Sol is a soil amendment and the main active component is silicon. It is available in 17 countries world-wide. It was first introduced in Latin American and Europe, where silicon is more widely used in agriculture.  Quick-Sol’s initial use in the USA was in Texas. Presently, it is being introduced in five states, including North Carolina. 

The trick is to process silicon into a form that plants can use. Silica, commonly known as sand, is the second most common element is the world. Silicon (Si) is found in silica (SiO2), but in this form silicon is not bio-available. 

Quick-Sol provides a bio-available form of silicon. Presently, Silicon is not listed as an essential element for plants, but there’s extensive evidence that silicon helps plants with biotic and abiotic stresses, which leads to healthier plants and improved yields.

From a soil amendment perspective, Speros says the product creates air spaces in the soil and reduces overall compaction of the soil. In tests from the mountains of western North Carolina to the heavy black soils in the eastern part of the state, soil temperatures were from 1-4 degrees cooler when Quick-Sol was applied, he adds.

Two concerns to the product that all the NCDA agronomists involved in the statewide field trials have found is that it is heavy, weighing in at 11 pounds per gallon and it can’t be mixed with anything.

To get the proper response Quick-Sol must be diluted with clean, potable water and applied separately. 

In farmer tests, the product has been used on cotton, corn, soybeans, peanuts and wheat. The results so far have been encouraging.

In one test on irrigated corn in the eastern part of the state, Speros says the grower recorded a 26 bushel per acre increase that yielded more than 200 bushels per acre.

Three field trials with Lumberton, N.C., grower Kevin Roberts, with Quick-Sol resulted in yield increases on peanuts of 800 pounds per acre, cotton 150 pounds per acre and soybeans 9.5 bushels per acre.

In Stanly County, N.C., cotton grower Andrew Burleson applied the product in 36 rows with Quick-Sol and 36 without the product, replicated three times.  At harvest time, the closer he got to the treated rows, his yields went up.

Overall, the North Carolina grower recorded a 94 pound per acre increase on the treated rows

On a different farm, using Quick-Sol on cotton in side by side 32 acre field trials, the grower averaged a 129 pound per acre response on 3.5 bales per acre cotton.  On the three cotton trials in Stanly County, the average yield increase was about 100 pounds per acre, according to Speros.

Though the results have far exceeded his expectations, Speros says the term ‘snake oil’ has taken on a whole new meaning to him.

“I had so many doors closed on me that at one point I was ready to pack up and move back to Texas,” he laughs.

After hearing some of the stories farmers have told me about all these products they’ve tried over the years that were going to revolutionize farming, only to see them fail, I can understand why they would be apprehensive about using our product, Speros says. 

rroberson@farmpress.com