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.
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.
Pictures can be taken for personal use only and not for any type of commercial or for-hire purposes.
Noble Research Institute, LLC (www.noble.org) is an independent nonprofit agricultural research organization dedicated to delivering solutions to great agricultural challenges. Headquartered in Ardmore, Oklahoma, the Noble Research Institute conducts fundamental, translational and applied research; offers no-cost consultation and education to farmers, ranchers and land managers; operates seven research and demonstration farms; and educates students of all ages about science and agriculture. The Noble Research Institute was founded by Lloyd Noble, an Oklahoma oilman and philanthropist, in 1945 as The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation to advance agriculture and land stewardship.
For media inquiries concerning the Noble Research Institute, please contact:
J. Adam Calaway, Director of Communications and Public Relations
580-224-6209 | 580-224-6208 fax
Robyn Peterson, Public Relations Coordinator
For article reprint information, please visit our Media page.