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Scientists Explore Ways to Encourage Root Formation in Pecans, Legumes

Auxins, which are naturally found in plants, trigger root formation. Scientists are testing ways to improve how auxins are absorbed and used by plant cells.

Mineral Supplementation: The Benefits You May Not See

Though not always immediately evident, being intentional and consistent about keeping mineral in front of your cattle will benefit both your herd and your bottom line in the long run.

Should You Fertilize Native Grass Pastures and Hayfields?

Since there is economic risk in applying fertilizer, we generally do not recommend applying fertilizer unless there is a significant advantage to doing so. Therefore, the general recommendation of not fertilizing native grass is correct in most instances.

What Is High Stock Density Grazing?

High stock density grazing has intentional impacts on the soils, forages and ultimately livestock production. It implies there is active management occurring with the grazing livestock.

Using a Chicken Moat to Grow Fruit, Vegetables and Raise Poultry

A chicken moat is an enclosure built around an area generally used for some form of fruit and vegetable production. The main purpose is to provide a barrier between your agriculture crops and predators, including insects, rabbits and deer.

How You May Need Less Fertilizer in the Future

Scientists are working to improve plants and offer other solutions so that farmers and ranchers don’t need as much synthetic nitrogen fertilizer.

Noble Research Institute Conserves Energy, Receives OGE Rebate

The Noble Research Institute recently received a $34,000 rebate from the Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company (OG&E) for saving 1.7 million kilowatt hours in 2018.

Johnson Receives Soil Health, Conservation Leader Award

Noble Research Institute soils and crops consultant Jim Johnson received the 2019 Oklahoma Association of Conservation District (OACD) President’s Award. He was honored at the association’s annual meeting in February.

So You Want To Grow Cover Crops: 3 Questions to Ask Before You Start

Cover crops can provide soil health benefits, but it is important to have a plan. Before growing cover crops, producers should consider goals, herbicide and pesticide use, and available resources.

5 Protected Ag Technologies That Help Fruit, Vegetable Growers Face Harsh Weather

Specialty crop growers can use protected agriculture technologies to manage risks associated with growing fruits and vegetables in unpredictable, often extreme weather events. Technologies include raised beds equipped with plastic mulch film, floating crop covers, low tunnels and high tunnel hoop houses.