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Noble News and Views: April 2019

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Choctaw-Noble Project Explores Safety, Practicality of Drones in Rural Communities

In 2018, the Choctaw Nation partnered with the Noble Research Institute as part of a national pilot program aimed at accelerating safe unmanned aircraft systems (drones) integration into the national airspace system. The partners are focused on rural and agricultural applications of drones

How to Identify and Control Pecan Nut Casebearer

There are more than 200 insects that feed on the roots, wood, foliage and nuts of a pecan tree. Of these insects, 17 are nut feeders, with one of the most important nut-infesting insect pests being the pecan nut casebearer (Acrobasis nuxvorella Neunzig).

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.