With more than 490 exhibitors and vendors showcasing innovations in agricultural equipment and related industries, Ag Progress Days Aug. 16-18 features Penn State Extension research and offers educational presentations and guided tours on the university’s 55-acre indoor and outdoor exhibit site.

2016 Field Demonstrations

Field demonstrations at Ag Progress Days will feature hay mowing, mergers, tedders, rakes, baling and bale handling. New this year is the Sprayer Demo for selfpropelled and pull-type models at 12:30 p.m. daily.

Several of the major equipment companies had units in the field for the producer to compare them side by side in actual planting conditions. Get a chance to view the state-of-art equipment and tractors for large-scale farming operations provided by commercial exhibitors.

Demonstrations are approximately one hour in length.

  • 10:30 a.m. Alfalfa Hay Mowing
  • 11:30 a.m. Hay Tedders
  • 12:30 p.m. Sprayer Demo
  • 2 p.m. Hay Mergers and Rakes
  • 2:30 p.m. High-Moisture Alfalfa Hay Baling
  • 3:30 p.m. Bale Handling

PaOneStop and AgMap

PaOneStop provides online tools to help farmers meet regulatory requirements for erosion and sediment plans and nutrient management planning. Demonstrations take place at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on West 10th Street each day. AgMap is Pennsylvania’s leading web-based directory for agricultural products and services and is now available nationwide.

  • PaOneStop – Online tools help farmers meet regulatory requirements for erosion and sediment plans and nutrient management planning.
  • AgMap – AgMap helps consumers find farmers markets, mulch, Christmas trees, landscapers, equipment and much more. For the business owner, AgMap provides opportunity to advertise their products and services over the internet. Stop by the AgMap/PaOneStop tent to find all the agricultural products or services you want right at your fingertips, and if you are a business owner, stop by and register your business.

Research Tours

  • Dairy Beef Feedlot – This tour will provide participants with information regarding the practice of rearing Holstein calves for beef. Management and nutrition of calf-fed Holsteins in a feedlot setting will be emphasized. Observe cattle fed by this system. Hear about marketing strategies and techniques for Holstein steer calves. Gather information from, and ask questions of, nutritionists, PA Beef Council and cattle buyers. This demonstration is being brought to you by the PA Beef Working Group (a collaboration of Penn State Extension, PA Beef Council, Center for Beef Excellence and PA Cattlemen’s Association) and PA Department of Agriculture with support from JBS.
  • Habitat Management for Deer and Other Wildlife – Visit habitat demonstration plots in the woodlot and neighboring fields. This tour will focus on food plots and natural habitat management practices used on public or private property as part of a Quality Deer Management System to improve habitat for many wildlife species while producing healthier and larger deer.
  • High Tunnel – High tunnels are inexpensive structures used for extending the growing season and improving yields and quality of vegetables, berries and cut flowers. At Penn State’s High Tunnel Research and Extension Facility, strawberries and raspberries are being grown in containers in 15 tunnels with five different types of plastics to better manage plant growth, temperatures and pests. To learn how to better manage heat load, four additional tunnels are equipped with various types of solar-powered automated venting options, including a ridgevent, roll-up roof, roll-down sides and roll-up sides. Tomatoes are also being grown in three tunnels to better understand tomato nutrient needs.
  • Precision Ag Tour – This tour will demonstrate use of several precision ag technologies in corn production that can help to improve yields, reduce costs and improve the potential for better understanding crop responses to inputs in the field. In this demonstration we have planted a field scale evaluation of different plant populations with a variable rate corn planter and will be able to harvest for silage with a yield monitor to evaluate both yield and forage quality. We will discuss the potential of this system and other tools to improve crop management decision-making in the future.

For more information, visit http://www.agsci.psu.edu/apd, call 814-865-2081 or email agprogressdays@psu.edu.