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SOIL SENTINEL is a USDA certified Biobased product and exceeds the minimum USDA certified Biobased content for its product category. The product is currently being reviewed by the Organic Materials Research Institute (OMRI).

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Results in Agriculture

In field and lab demonstrations, the use of SOIL SENTINEL® soil amendment has shown yield increases in crops of at least two times the yield of untreated plots. Using SOIL SENTINEL in combination with your fertilizer will help your plants to better use the fertilizer. You may also find that you use less fertilizer. The product retains and binds moisture in the soil, reducing watering and helping the plant survive drought.  SOIL SENTINEL also enhances soil structure providing good erosion and dust control. Here's some of the results that have been gathered thus far from our testing and current users:

  • Growing abundant vegetables in near drought conditions using SOIL SENTINEL
    Two garden plots of 400 sq. ft. were planted in early May, with harvest occurring through August. The plots consisted of one SOIL SENTINEL treated and tilled and one untreated tilled plot.  The crops planted included cucumbers, peppers, squash, and tomatoes. Total rainfall during the demonstration was 12.1 inches -near drought conditions in the bay area of Virginia. No pesticides or fertilizers were used.  The SOIL SENTINEL plot produced a much larger crop yield than the untreated soil, and plants were notably healthier, with denser foliage and thicker stem/branch components.


  • Vineyard cover crop  germinates rapidly and is healthier using SOIL SENTINEL
    A family-owned winery located in heart of the coal mining region of the Appalachian Mountains in 2004. The vineyard was planted on abandoned mine land. The family restored the soil by adjusting PH, ripping and plowing, adding compost, fixing drainage, and planting special cover crops. Clover is a nitrogen-generating plant and fixes it in the soil. Wineries often plant clover as a cover crop between the vine rows to ensure flavor enhancement. The clover crop also provides erosion and dust control. NanoQuantics' did a demonstration on an area of the vineyard cover crops to see if SOIL SENTINEL would help to produce a healthier clover crop in a less time. The photos here show the results after 10 and 30 days.

    After 10 days of growth. Left untreated. Right treated.

    After 30 days of growth. Left untreated. Right treated.


  • African Violets near death can be revived and thrive on SOIL SENTINEL
    African Violets purchased from a local "Big Box" store were treated once with SOIL SENTINEL, watered weekly, and compared to plants that were untreated and watered on the same schedule.  All plants were maintained under a grow light in identical temperature and relative humidity conditions in the laboratory. The plants on SOIL SENTINEL displayed greatly increased plant health, flowering frequency and root mass. The plants on water only faded to near death after six months. Before one of the failing plants died completely it was treated with SOIL SENTINEL. Within three weeks the violet rebounded and produced its first flower in over five months.

    african violets

  • Hydro-seeding takes off with SOIL SENTINEL
    At a coal site in South Western Virginia, NanoQuantics' field staff evaluated our solution against a water-only hydro-seeding application.  SOIL SENTINEL was used as part of the normal seeding process and added to the water used in a typical hydro-seeding which included seed, fertilizer and a newspaper-as a binder. All were applied simultaneously in one application. The section treated with SOIL SENTINEL grew much more quickly and after eight weeks the treated site resulted in much longer and thicker coverage. The clover that was present was much larger, taller and denser than the untreated area.

    The samples taken from the hydro-seeding test plots further showed the success of SOIL SENTINEL. The roots of the treated sample were very white, showing an extremely healthy root system and root nodules are abundant and visible demonstrating nitrogen fixation.


    The grass blade height on the treated sample averaged 11 inches as compared to 6.5 inches in the untreated area. The roots of the untreated sample were darker and not as healthy. 

    nitrogen fixation

    Nitrogen fixation was clearly visible in the treated sample and but not visible in the untreated sample. When nitrogen is not available plants stop growing. SOIL SENTINEL clearly helped to restore nutrients and fertility to the soil at this site.

  • Mountain top removal site grows lush grass using SOIL SENTINELNanoQuantics worked with the Wise County Industrial Development Authority on the demonstration of hydro-seeding at a former mountaintop removal site that is now part of the Lonesome Pine Business & Technology Park.  The contractor hydro-seeded in the fall  by mixing SOIL SENTINEL with water and then applied it to a section of this coal-spoil  site. The soil had extremely acidic conditions.  The results, displayed  in the images to the left, shows the SOIL SENTINEL-treated seed resulted in thicker, taller, healthier grass.


  • Pasture land remediates more effectively with SOIL SENTINEL
    NanoQuantics wanted to evaluate SOIL SENTINEL for use in reinvigoration of cattle grazing land, which for decades was used for burley tobacco growth. The soil in the test area was thin in depth and nutrient-poor due to long term tobacco farming with ineffective soil nutrient maintenance practices. Two side-by-side test plots where planted and evaluated by an USDA extension agent. The treated samples showed many root nodules, demonstrating nitrogen fixation, and average blade height of 14 inches compared to the untreated area with an average blade height of 10 inches, with undetectable root nodules. The test concluded that SOIL SENTINEL can increase the growth rate and germination of orchard grasses and clover, and enhance sustainment and thereby increase the available nutrients for cattle grazing lands.

    pasture land

  • Unhealthy geranium flourishes on SOIL SENTINEL
    A NanoQuantics employee purchased two geraniums at the same time from a major retailer. The plants were discounted because they were too small and looked diseased. The geraniums were planted in pots. Three days later the plants were delivered to his parents. The employee's father applied SOIL SENTINEL soil amendment to one of the geraniums (left) as the product package directed. The other plant was left untreated (right). Below are the results after two weeks. The plant treated with SOIL SENTINEL is remarkably more healthy.



  • Begonia still blooming after six months on SOIL SENTINEL.
    Not so with the Begonia on a well-known organic alternative.

    An in-office experiment by one of NanoQuantics' employees yielded good results using SOIL SENTINEL. Below you can see the healthy Begonias from the beginning and then the status of the plants after six months. All plants were kept under the same conditions except one was treated with SOIL SENTINEL, one was given water only and the third used organic plant food from a highly regarded manufacturer in the agricultural industry. The Begonia that was treated with SOIL SENTINEL is the only plant that survived and continues to bloom.


  • Orchid shows blooms after five years of no flowers
    A window-sill grower of orchids and various plants uses SOIL SENTINEL successfully to "fertilize".  Because orchids have fragile roots they are prone to chemical damage from fertilizers but all-natural SOIL SENTINEL has been gentle and effective.  This home grower had purchased a Cattleya orchid plant (the queen of orchids) while on a trip to Hawaii.  When purchased, the plant was in bud but during shipment to her home the buds had dropped off.  The plant had not produced any more buds in five years until it was treated with SOIL SENTINEL.  "To the best of my knowledge I haven"t done anything differently to it this past year except try Soil Sentinel and it is now blooming". This grower has had the same success with other orchids and raves about the product and its ease of use.


  • Amaryllis flourishes with SOIL SENTINEL
    A home grower planted to two Amaryllis bulbs in January in the same growing medium and kept them in the same room under the same conditions. One Amaryllis was treated with SOIL SENTINEL and the other with water only. By April, the plant on SOIL SENTINEL was in its glory blooming. The other plant was has not produced one bud by this time.



An Excellent Choice for Organic Production
SOIL SENTINEL is a USDA-certified Biobased product and exceeds the minimum USDA certified Biobased content for its product category. The product is currently being reviewed by the Organic Materials Research Institute (OMRI).

Other markets for NanoQuantics' products include:

    • Energy/Mining: dust control, soil stabilization, mine site reclamation / revegetation
      See mining results, here>>

    • Military: dust abatement, range sustainment and soil erosion control.

    If you are interested in learning more about SOIL SENTINEL or purchasing the product,
    call +1-.276.664.1222 or email solutions@nanoquantics.com.