The Noble family
Chris Noble grew up farming with his family in Lincoln County and went on to pursue a career in agronomy after graduating from South Dakota State University with a master’s degree in agronomy and entomology. After conducting research throughout the country for Monsanto, he was able to find a position within the company that led him home to southwest Minnesota.
In 2010, the Noble farm began with the purchase of Chris’s grandfather’s farm, while Chris continued to work full-time with Monsanto. He farmed with his dad making sure all the latest technologies were adopted.
The family’s current farm consists of 340 acres with 230 tillable that are planted to corn and soybeans. The remaining acres are enrolled in CRP. For the past decade, strip-till and no-till methods have been used. Cover crops are currently being incorporated to improve soil health and to suppress weeds. Chris and his wife, Jillian, have four children who enjoy their 18 egg-laying hens and their dog, Lucy.
Chris is the main operator of the farm, spending most of his free time prepping and fixing equipment, purchasing inputs, developing cropping plans, planting, spraying, harvesting, and strip-tilling.
Jillian Carstensen-Noble spends most of her time keeping track of the details of the operation as the farm’s accountant as well as caring for the couple’s children. She also drives tractor and assists wherever she is needed in the farming operation.
Gretchen Noble and Hunter Carstensen are the couple’s two oldest children and stay busy around the farm helping with a variety of chores. Jackson and Colby Noble are the two youngest children and they are always lending a hand on the farm.
Chris works full time for Bayer Crop Science and serves as a supervisor on the Lake Stay Township board. The Noble family are active members of the Ivanhoe Greenleaf 4-H club and love to serve their community through many volunteering opportunities.