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The 2018 International Wild Pig Conference Technical Training Day presented various wild pig control methods available to land managers. The event was organized by the Noble Research Institute and featured experts from governmental and nongovernmental agencies, academic institutions, and private entities.
Noble Research Institute’s mission is “to deliver solutions to great agricultural challenges,” and, in 2018, the organization identified three challenges that frame Noble’s research and education.
Many decisions go into planning a safe and effective prescribed burn that meets your management goals. You will need to determine your burn objectives and consider the weather as well as personnel and equipment needs. You’ll also need to prepare firebreaks, something that ranks high on the list to safely conduct a burn.
Many land managers incorporate prescribed fires into a management plan alongside grazing livestock. Other land managers feel it is not feasible to graze and burn on the same operation. But when prescribed fire is used strategically, its benefits outweigh any negatives.
The Noble Research Institute is screening natural diversity for root traits in crop and pasture species. With new knowledge, breeding programs can release cultivars with improved root systems.
Century-old plant samples in Oklahoma’s natural history collections help today’s researchers study ecosystem health, biodiversity, climate and more.
The more we use systems thinking in land stewardship, the more we reduce unintended consequences of management decisions on soil health and ecosystem services.