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Twain Butler

Like solving a Rubik's cube click by click, Twain Butler works relentlessly to solve the most frustrating problems in agriculture. Butler, 39, grew up on a diverse farming operation that included beef and dairy cattle.

New Opportunities

Advanced breeding methods and a novel endophyte combine to offer agricultural producers a new alternative for winter grazing.

Happy Calving Season!

It's my favorite time of year. Brand new baby calves take their first steps into the world, and it's a beautiful thing. I still remember the first one I watched, and I've been hooked on it ever...

Small Grains Breeding at Noble Research Institute

Small grains breeding has been an integral part of the Noble Research Institute work since the early 1950s.

Noble Research Institute professor named 2017 CSSA Fellow

Noble Research Institute Professor Twain Butler, Ph.D., has been named a Fellow of the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA). Election as a CSSA Fellow is the highest honor bestowed by the organization.

The Year 2017 in Review

Hugh Aljoe, director of producer relations, calls 2017 "the year of a new beginning." Here are a few highlights from the year.


A resurging interest in cover crops raises a new set of practical questions from farmers looking to improve soil health.

New national research initiative aims to improve cover crops

WASHINGTON DC — The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) and Noble Research Institute launched a national cover crop initiative today during a special press conference at the National...

The Economic Potential of Grazing-tolerant Alfalfa

Alfalfa is a high quality, perennial legume forage that has potential to be a part of summer stocker grazing programs. However, most of the alfalfa that is produced is primarily harvested and marketed as high quality hay for dairy and equine enterprises.

Grazing Systems Research Update: Year-Round Forage Options

Noble Research Institute researchers work on year-round grazing systems through ongoing studies and new technologies.

Establishment of Perennial Cool-Season Grasses Depends on Controlling Winter Annual Weeds

Cool-season perennial grasses can improve seasonal forage, but successful establishment requires control of naturally reseeding ryegrass, rescuegrass and other winter annual weeds.

Noble Releases New Forage Crabgrass Cultivar Called Impact

Noble Research Institute plant breeders have developed a new crabgrass cultivar that is later-maturing than Red River crabgrass. Impact crabgrass is adapted for the south-central and southeastern U.S. and is available through Barenbrug, USA.