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Check out our new and exciting displays and demonstrations for our 2017 Ag Progress Days show!

Demonstrations

Drone Demos

Watch drones in action and learn about their uses in agriculture with Penn State researchers in front of West 1st Street.

Daily demonstrations at 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday will be conducted with a commercial multi-rotor drone and include discussions about practical agricultural applications, safety, and operating policy.

Visit with experts on Wednesday, at 2:00 p.m. in the Upstairs Red Barn Meeting Room to learn more.

Small-Scale Charcoal Making Demonstration

This demonstration will feature three different methods and several displays on past, current, and future uses of charcoal -- There's more to charcoal than just grilling tasty hamburgers!

Demonstrations on going through the show time in the Pasto Museum.

Penn State and Commercial Exhibitor Cover Crop Plot

Several seed companies will have plantings in the field for the producer to compare them side by side in actual cover crop planting conditions.

Extension staff and company representatives will be available daily at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to answer questions.

Soil Pit Demonstrations

Visit a variety of exhibits and demonstration to learn what healthy soil is, why it's important, and what you can do to manage your soil health. Use the hands-on Web Soil Survey to see the difference between soils tilled and no-till systems. See how cover crops can improve your soil health.

Attend tours each day at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. each day to learn more

Exhibits

Visit the College Exhibit Building

What Can we Do to Protect Our Water?

Pennsylvania is blessed with 86,000 miles of rivers and streams. These streams flow through farms and backyards, cities and towns. No matter where you live, you have a role to protect our water. Visit the College Exhibits Building to find out how.

Featured Exhibits include:

  • Best Management Practices on PA Farms, Penn State Extension Field and Forage Crops Team
  • Integrating Land and Water Stewardship, Penn State Environment and Natural Resources Institute
  • PA Watershed and Drinking Water, Penn State Extension Renewable and Natural Resources Team
  • Opportunities for Installing Streamside Forest Buffers, Center for Private Forests at Penn State.

Youth Water Activity - Rain to Drain

  • Sponsored by the PA 4-H State Council Members. Youth and their families are encouraged to stop by the water display in the College Building at 1pm each day. 4-H State Council members will lead kids in the new, award-winning Rain to Drain – Slow the Flow 4-H activity. Youth will get a hands-on experience learning how water moves on Earth and how we can make a difference to reduce flooding, maintain groundwater supplies, and prevent water pollution.

Ag Olympics PDA vs PSU

Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the Farm Safety Demo Area. Sign your team up in advanced here.

Research Tours

Industrial Hemp Research Tour

This tour will showcase Penn State’s first industrial hemp project in more than 60 years. We will discuss some of the crop management issues to consider in hemp production and see some trials that evaluate several varieties of hemp being grown for seed. Participants will also be able to evaluate some hemp produced with no-tillage and also look at the impacts of seeding rates, planting dates and fertilizer rates on commercial hemp production. We will also get an update on potential markets for the crop.

Adaptive Grazing Soil Health Tour

Improving your farm’s soil health is key in the overall success of your operation; this tour will focus on adaptive grazing management, where tall grass or high stock density grazing can drastically transform mediocre fields into highly productive pastures that can extend the grazing season well into winter. We’ll discuss and detail the benefits to frequent animal moves, consideration for fencing and watering as well as the forage benefits to tall grass grazing. In the second half of the tour we’ll take about diverse cover crop mixes for use in cropping or grazing systems and how to graze mixes for additional forage. Tour will feature hands-on activities with paddock rotation and fencing/watering system components as well as evaluation of cover crop mixes to get a better look at rooting structure and soil improvement benefits.

Tour of Farms at Russell Larson Research Facility (Wed. Only)

Farm managers will present a brief overview of the farm history, current research and student involvement, as well as answer participant questions.

Stream Buffers and Native Grasses Tour

What is a riparian buffer? How will it enhance your property and improve water quality in your community? Find out about the benefits of forested and grassed stream buffers as well as how to install and maintain them, see a prairie grass demonstration, and learn how to establish and maintain native grasses with wildflowers for wildlife habitat, biofuels, and more.