You might have noticed the field of flowers growing along Sam Noble Parkway, across the road from the Noble Research Institute's main campus. These flowers are a commercial oil seed variety of sunflower, which farmers grow for a crop that is used for sunflower oil.
We are growing these sunflowers as a cover crop and as a border around cover crop research plots that are planted in the center of the field.
As a cover crop, these sunflowers are providing several benefits such as diversifying the crop rotation, providing food for bees and other pollinators, providing a strong taproot to break hard soil layers, and scavenging and recycling soil nutrients. Just to name a few.
What to Know if You Stop by the Field
If you want to visit the sunflowers, please pull in either at the driveway at the east end of the field (goes to Noble's Research Park) or at the driveway at the west end of the field (used to go to a house). Do not use the pull-in that dead-ends at the edge of the field since there is nowhere to turn around there and it is less safe to back out onto the highway.
Do not drive in, on or across the field. Try to limit activity to the edge of the field.
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