Lamar Bomberger, left, President of the Pennsylvania Forage and Grassland Council; and Jessica Williamson, assistant professor of forage management at Penn State. 

Ag Progress Days 2017 was held August 15-17. In 2018, it will run August 14-16 and again will be at Penn State’s Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs, nine miles southwest of State College, Pennsylvania, research farms. Each year, it draws close to 500 exhibitors from 34 states and four Canadian provinces and tens of thousands of farmers.

Some of the finest hay produced in Pennsylvania in 2017 won blue ribbons at the Ag Progress Days Hay Show. Judging was based on both visual characteristics and forage quality analysis.

Judging was held the first day of the show. Once the judges were finished, guests looked at entries for leafiness and stuck their noses into any bale sample for a good hay smell.

These leafy, late-cutting alfalfa samples topped the Ag Progress Days Hay Show. Photo: Curt Harler

Grand championship ribbons went to two later cutting alfalfa samples. Dennis Newhard, Nazareth, showed a heat dried sample with a relative value of $217 per ton. His entry had an impressive 24.2 percent crude protein. It tested at 33.5 percent acid detergent fiber and 43.6 percent neutral detergent fiber. Also garnering honors was David Sollenberger of Williamsburg. His field-cured sample proved out to $204 per ton relative value. Its crude protein measured 23.4 percent. It tested at 40.2 percent acid detergent fiber and 54.3 percent neutral detergent fiber.

The show allows an individual producer or farm to enter cured (dry) long hay from any bales whether small square, large round or large square that have been cured. Rules require an exhibit to consist of a bale section 4 to 6 inches thick, 12 inches high and 18 inches wide. All samples entered in the Hay Show must be tied with wine.

Thin or moist samples got disqualified.

Samples from the Ag Progress Days hay show are being stored for exhibit in the Hay Show at the 2018 Pennsylvania Farm Show, unless the exhibitor objects. If you missed the Hay Show at Rock Springs, check out the winning entries in Harrisburg in January.

Entries at the Ag Progress Days Hay Show are free to all exhibitors who are members of the Pennsylvania Forage and Grassland Council. Others pay $10 per entry.

To join PFGC and be eligible for next year’s Hay Show, contact Terri Breon at 814-355-2467 for membership information.

The following are the winners in their respective class, courtesy of Penn State University:

Section I – Field Cured

Class 1: Alfalfa – First cutting

  • 1st – Ray Mack; Pen Argyl, PA
  • 2nd – Alan Posey; Orangeville, PA

Class 2: Alfalfa – Later cutting

  • 1st – David Sollenberger; Williamsburg, PA* (Section I Grand Champion)

Class 3: Alfalfa-Grass Mixed – First cutting

  • 1st – Frank & Jeremiah Glessner; Millerstown, PA
  • 2nd – Nevin G. Rice; Blain, PA

Class 4: Grass-Alfalfa Mixed – First cutting

  • 1st – Frank & Jeremiah Glessner; Millerstown, PA
  • 2nd – Dennis Newhard; Nazareth, PA

Class 5: Alfalfa-Grass Mixed – Later cutting

  • 1st – Thomas Hojnowski; Canton, PA
  • 2nd – Jeff Bloss; Wapwalopen, PA
  • 3rd – Ben Gordon; Huntingdon, PA
  • 4th – Bob Reed; Danville, PA

Class 6: Grass-Alfalfa Mixed – Later cutting

  • 1st – Jeff Bloss; Wapwalopen, PA
  • 2nd – Nevin G. Rice; Blain, PA
  • 3rd – Dennis Newhard; Nazareth, PA
  • 4th – Frank & Jeremiah Glessner; Millerstown, PA
  • 5th – Bob Reed; Danville, PA

Class 7: Clover

  • 1st – Thomas Hojnowski; Canton, PA

Class 8: Clover-Grass Mixed – Any cutting

  • 1st – Thomas Hojnowski; Canton, PA
  • 2nd – George H. Yonker; McDonald, PA

Class 9: Orchardgrass – First cutting

  • 1st – Ray Mack; Pen Argyl, PA
  • 2nd – Rich Roy Farm; Pen Argyl, PA
  • 3rd – James Heimer; Pen Argyl, PA
  • 4th – Joshua Christ; Lenhartsville, PA
  • 5th – Tyler Shaw; Harrisburg, PA

Class 10: Timothy – First cutting

  • 1st – Tyler Shaw; Harrisburg, PA
  • 2nd – Bob Reed; Danville, PA
  • 3rd – Jason Reed; Danville, PA

Class 11:Other Species Grass – First cutting

  • 1st – Thomas Hojnowski; Canton, PA
  • 2nd – Tom Brodzina; Warriors Mark, PA
  • 3rd – Mack Ferrenberg; Huntingdon, PA
  • 4th – Nevin G. Rice; Blain, PA

Class 12: Mixed Grass – First cutting

  • 1st – George H. Yonker; McDonald, PA
  • 2nd – William Peters; PA Furnace, PA
  • 3rd – Fred Herr; Willow Street, PA
  • 4th – Frank & Jeremiah Glessner; Millerstown, PA
  • 5th – Bob Reed; Danville, PA

Class 13: Grass – Later cutting

  • 1st – Fred Herr; Willow Street, PA
  • 2nd – Jeff Bloss; Wapwalopen, PA
  • 3rd – Ray Mack; Pen Argyl, PA
  • 4th – William Peters; PA Furnace, PA
  • 5th – Mack Ferrenberg; Huntingdon, PA

Section II – Heat or Mechanically Dried or with Preservatives

Class 21: Alfalfa – First cutting

  • 1st – Heidel Hollow Farms; Germansville, PA

Class 22: Alfalfa – Later cutting

  • 1st – Dennis Newhard; Nazareth, PA* (Section II Grand Champion)
  • 2nd – Heidel Hollow Farms; Germansville, PA

Class 23: Alfalfa-Grass Mixed – First cutting

  • 1st – Heidel Hollow Farms; Germansville, PA

Class 24: Grass-Alfalfa Mixed – First cutting

  • 1st – Heidel Hollow Farms; Germansville, PA

Class 25: Alfalfa-Grass Mixed – Later cutting

  • 1st – Marcus Zook; Mifflin, PA

Class 26: Grass-Alfalfa Mixed – Later cutting

  • 1st – Marcus Zook; Mifflin, PA
  • 2nd – Dennis Newhard; Nazareth, PA

Class 29: Orchardgrass – First cutting

  • 1st – Heidel Hollow Farm; Germansville, PA
  • 2nd – Joshua Christ; Lenhartsville, PA

Class 30: Timothy – First cutting

  • 1st – Heidel Hollow Farm; Germansville, PA

Class 32: Mixed Grass – First cutting

  • 1st – Hidden Hollow Farm; McVeytown, PA
  • 2nd – Norm Wurzbach; Brogue, PA
  • 3rd – Brian Hoerner; Hershey, PA

Class 33: Grass – Later cutting

  • 1st – Heidel Hollow Farm; Germansville, PA
  • 2nd – William Peters; PA Furnace, PA
  • 3rd – Tom Brodzina; Warriors Mark, PA
  • 4th – Hidden Hollow Farm; McVeytown, PA