The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation will host a farm tour to offer participants an opportunity to learn about the Noble Foundation's extensive work with legumes and grasses.

The Noble Foundation farm tour will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, July 12, in Vashti, Texas, in Clay County. The tour will visit Ole Butler's farm.

Ole Butler is a longtime farmer and rancher in north Texas, and his son Twain Butler, Ph.D., is a Research Forage Agronomist in the Forage Improvement Division of the Noble Foundation. The Butlers have numerous test and demonstration plots on their farm which highlight the Noble Foundation's agricultural efforts.

Topics to be addressed during the tour include the establishment and production of Flecha tall fescue and Tifton-85 bermudagrass, as well as discussions on summer legumes, hay sampling and hay quality.

"Farm tours are an excellent opportunity for people to interact with Noble Foundation agricultural specialists, ask questions and learn about the Noble Foundation's extensive work with forages," said Shan Ingram, Education and Special Projects Manager. "I hope those who are interested will join us and take advantage of this unique opportunity."

Tour participants will meet at 8:30 a.m. in the Vashti Baptist Church (6109 FM 1288 S., Bellevue, Texas) parking lot and caravan out to the Butlers' farm. Lunch will be provided following the farm tour at the Baptist Fellowship Hall. Preregistration is requested. To preregister or for additional information, please contact Annie Coble at 580.224.6501 or Lori Heman at 580.224.6430.