A native of
Iowa, Mr. Noble settled in Claresholm, Alberta, in 1903. By 1916 he had six farms
in operation, and the next year he had close to 30,000 acres. In 1922, he lost his
land due to a number of crop failures. Undaunted, he rebuilt his farm. In less
than a decade his reputation as one of the most successful farmers in Alberta
was secured. A life-long farmer, his energy and persistence led the way in the
techniques of large-scale dry land farming.
was responsible for the Noble Drill, a machine used for planting. Then, in 1936,
he developed the Noble Blade. The introduction of plowless fallow or shallow
tillage was a great adaptation to western conditions. The basic idea was to use
an implement that did not bury all plant residues but left some on the surface
When plows were
no longer used, there was an urgent need for an implement that could penetrate
unplowed ground, kill weeds without burying the stubble, and operate in heavy
trash without clogging. C. S. Noble started work on his blade, getting the basic
idea from potato diggers in fields in California. This is a special plow, which
was pulled underground, cutting of the roots off weeds without disturbing the
surface of the soil, which in turn lessened the risk of water loss.
His emphasis on
cultivation techniques and equipment development set the standard for today's
progress in agriculture. He received an honorary
degree from the University of Alberta in 1952. Charles Noble died in Lethbridge
on July 5, 1957.