1. Staff

Steve Upson

Senior Soils and Crops Consultant

Upson serves as a horticulture consultant in the producer relations program. In addition to his consultation services, he serves as a technical adviser to the Center for Pecan and Specialty Agriculture. In hobby horticulture, he specializes in raised bed and container gardening. He also provides consulting services to organizations needing assistance with community and school garden design and management. In commercial horticulture, he specializes in vegetable plasticulture and modified environmental (high tunnel hoop house) vegetable and small fruit production. Upson joined the Noble Research Institute in 1988.

Before coming to the Noble Research Institute, Upson managed a commercial vegetable farm and was an extension horticulture agent for Oklahoma State University.

  • Master of Science in Horticulture, Kansas State University, 1980
  • Bachelor of Science in Horticulture, Oklahoma State University, 1978
  • Blue Ribbon Extension Publication Award for Pecan Production 101: Establishing and Managing an Improved Variety Pecan Enterprise in the Southern Great Plains, Southern Region American Society for Horticulture Science, 2013
  • Urban Harvest Volunteer of the Year, Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, 2005
  • Blue Ribbon Extension Publication Award for Permanent Raised Bed Gardening, Volumes I & II, Southern Region American Society for Horticulture Science, 2004
  • Honorary FFA Degree, Ardmore, Oklahoma, FFA Chapter, 2003
  • Community Service Award, Martin Luther King Community Outreach Center, 1998
Professional Memberships
  • American Society for Horticulture Science
    • Southern Region
  • Irrigation Association
  • Oklahoma Fruit and Vegetable Association
  • Oklahoma Pecan Growers Association
  • North American Strawberry Growers Association