Research Field Day showcase Noble Foundation's innovative work in production agricultural, forages

For more than 60 years, research from The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation has benefited farmers and ranchers in Oklahoma, Texas and around the world.

On Saturday, April 28, the Noble Foundation's Agricultural Division will put its groundbreaking work in the fields of production agriculture, forage improvement and plant biology on display by hosting Research Field Day 2007.

This year's Research Field Day will offer visitors the opportunity to experience the latest scientific innovations and agricultural management techniques developed by the Noble Foundation, including improved forage production practices, innovative livestock and wildlife management, new biofuel opportunities and advanced forage research. Participants will tour several of the Noble Foundation's research and demonstration farms as well.

"The Noble Foundation Research Field Day is an opportunity for anybody, whether they are farmers or ranchers or not, to see the impact of this extraordinary research on real-world farming and ranching," said Wadell Altom, Director of the Agricultural Division. "During this one day, scientists and agricultural specialists will provide visitors with exciting information that can be integrated into their operations today, as well as a glimpse into the future of agriculture."

Research Field Day will kick off at 8:30 a.m. at the Ardmore Convention Center. Participants will be transported by buses on a morning tour, which will travel to both the Noble Foundation's Headquarters Farm and Dupy Farm. Buses will depart at 9:15 a.m.

Shan Ingram, Education and Special Projects Manager, said the morning tour will highlight forage variety development and testing; grazing and testing of new Noble Foundation fescue cultivars; switchgrass breeding and production for future use as a biofuel; and intensive grazing of paddocks under irrigation.

The midday program will begin at noon with lunch and brief presentations from Altom and the Noble Foundation's two other operating division directors - Joe Bouton, Ph.D., Forage Improvement Division, and Rick Dixon, D.Phil., D.Sc., Plant Biology Division.

After lunch, the afternoon sessions will kick off at 1:45 p.m. with tours of the Noble Foundation's Oswalt Road property and the Red River Farm. During the afternoon tours, agricultural specialists will discuss wildlife research considerations, alternative methods of production for stocker cattle, increasing uniformity in cow calf production, and alfalfa breeding and drought tolerance.

Afternoon tours will conclude about 4:30 p.m., and the buses will arrive back at the Ardmore Convention Center at about 5:30 p.m.

"We've designed Research Field Day 2007 to cover many of the topics that are crucial to today's agricultural producers," Ingram said. "The variety of information we are going to present - combined with the tours to view actual examples of these practices - holds the potential to really assist farmers and ranchers in their daily operations."

The Noble Foundation Research Field Day is offered at no cost to the public. Transportation to tour sites and lunch will be provided. For additional information or to register, call 580.224.6501 or visit

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