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Wind and water carries tons of topsoil, the foundation of life, away from farmland each year. The soil, and its ability to produce food, slowly weakens. Farmers and ranchers are increasingly adopting an old-time armor for soil: cover crops. But they have many questions that still need answered.
The Lloyd Noble Scholars in Agriculture and Plant Science programs provide elite college students from across the United States with an opportunity to work side-by-side with Noble Research Institute staff in Ardmore, Oklahoma.
Each summer, the Noble Research Institute provides more than a dozen college students with a life-changing experience, not just an internship.
Ranchers have opportunities to increase production of different annual forages on a portion of the acres they normally plant to wheat.
Farmers and ranchers now have the opportunity to participate in a structured curriculum of learning progressions across each area of expertise represented by the consultation efforts.
Noble researchers are using sensors to gain a better understanding of the effects of tillage and cover crops on soil moisture, temperature, erosion and organic carbon.