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Field Demonstrations

Field Demonstrations at Ag Progress Days 2017 featured hay mowing, mergers, tedders, rakes, baling and bale handling. New for this year were the no-till planter at 12:30 p.m. daily.

Field Demonstration Map

2017 Equipment Demonstrations

  • 10:30 a.m.  Alfalfa Hay Mowing
  • 11:30 a.m.  Hay Tedders
  • 12:30 p.m.  No-Till Planters
  • 2:00 p.m.    Hay Mergers and Rakes
  • 2:30 p.m.    High-Moisture Alfalfa Hay Baling
  • 3:30 p.m.    Bale Handling

Several of the major equipment companies had units in the field for the producer to compare them side by side in actual planting conditions. Demonstrations are approximately 1 hr. in length

Visit our ride-and-drive location in front of West 1st Street to view the state-of-art equipment and tractors for large-scale farming operations provided by commercial exhibitors.

Cover Crop Demonstrations

Cover Crop Demonstration Area will feature plot of crops and mixtures, contributed by commercial companies, can be found on the Field Demonstration Map. Penn State Extension staff will be available onsite daily to answer questions.

Drone Demonstrations

Watch drones in action and learn about their uses in agriculture with Penn State researchers at the Farm Safety Demonstration Area on Demo Alley. Daily demonstrations at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and 3:00 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. On Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. in the Farm Family Learning Center, a short discussion on safety and operating policy will be held prior to going to the demonstration area.

Farm Safety Demonstration

Specialists will provide demonstrations on Hay Hole Covers and other child dangers on the farm. Being safe on a farm extends to children as well as adults. Every 3 days a child dies on a farm in the US. This year, the farm safety area will show some of the common dangers that children in Pennsylvania may see. Included will be a hay hole safety demonstration and ideas for increasing operator visibility around machinery. Demonstrations are scheduled for Tuesday thru Thursday at 10:30a.m., 12:30p.m., and 2:30p.m. on the site. All presentations are approximately 20 minutes in length.

Interseeding Corn with Annual Forages

Learn about forage selection, planting, grazing management, and new research related to interseeding of annual forages into corn. 

Soil Pit Demonstrations

Now Part of the Adaptive Grazing Soil Health Tour. 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 talks each day at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. daily and additional tours at 2:30 p.m.on Tuesday and Wednesday, to learn more.