The tours below are the 2013 schedule. 2014 tour schedule will be published upon its completion.
See American chestnut breeding orchards. Learn about the history and demise of the American chestnut tree, how to plant and maintain chestnut trees, and The American Chestnut Foundation's breeding program and volunteers working to restore the species. Bus leaves daily at 10 am, 1 pm, and 3:30 pm with an additional tour at 5 pm on Wednesday. Note: walking/standing involved
Want to improve your beef or sheep operation? Join us for a tour of Penn State’s on-campus beef and sheep facilities, where Animal Science faculty and staff will answer your questions and offer a variety of presentations on animal care and production. Choose programs of interest to you. The bus leaves at 10 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Note: Due to possible transmission of diseases to animals, certain restrictions apply. Walking/standing involved.
Visitors can view live deer and various antler displays. Discussions will focus on deer biology and current research. Members of the Quality Deer Management Association will provide information on deer management. In the event of inclement weather, animals will be viewed from the bus and a slide show will be presented in the display room. Bus leaves daily at 11 am with an additional tours Tuesday at 3pm; and Wednesday at 3 and 5:00 pm. Note: Due to possible transmission of diseases to animals, certain restrictions apply.
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. Visit recently installed habitat demonstration plots (new practices added every year) in the woodlot and neighboring fields. Bus leaves daily at 11 am and 2 pm, with an additional tour at 5 pm on Wednesday. . Note: walking/standing involved.
The High Tunnel Research and Education Facility at Rock Springs demonstrates the most current production systems and horticultural crops that can be produced in high tunnels. Bus leaves daily at 1:30 pm. Note: walking/standing involved.
Interested in incorporating cover crops and reducing pesticide use in corn and soybean production? Join us to learn about insect, weed, and fertility management benefits and challenges as we visit research plots aimed at incorporating cover crop monocultures and diverse mixtures into conventional and reduced tillage organic field crop rotations. Bus leaves daily at 12:30 pm. Note: walking/standing involved.
Join us as we review some of the tactics necessary to create and sustain high soybean yields on Pennsylvania soils. We will review some of the sustainable practices for US soybean production that will help us meet the growing local and worldwide demand for soybeans. We will be showcasing how no-till, cover crops, gypsum, high yielding varieties, pest and soil management issues can lead to improved soybean yields. This is part of an initiative sponsored by the United Soybean Board and in collaboration with Ohio State University. Bus leaves daily at 10:30 am and 2 pm. Note: walking/standing involved.
The Equine Pasture Management and High Density Grazing Demonstrations will highlight specific conservation practices that can be used to support livestock on your farm or property. Learn about construction materials and technologies that go into setting up paddocks or an exercise area to house your horses or cattle as part of a pasture-based operation. A hands-on demonstration of the components and methods involved in moving animals through a rotational grazing system will be presented. Participants will also observe ways to harvest and maintain healthy grass and legume pastures for livestock. Bus leaves daily at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 2:30 pm. Note: walking/standing involved
This year’s Ag Progress Days Woodlot Tour will feature changing forest conditions. Woods change from season to season and year to year. Sometimes change is abrupt and obvious; sometimes it is slow and steady. Managing change in a woodlot can be challenging and rewarding. This year the tour will explore early successional habitat for wildlife, evaluate tree seedling regeneration, witness the impact of emerald ash borer, and examine approaches for controlling unwanted exotic and invasive plants. Each of these is changing our woodlands, some for the better and some for worse. Forestry and wildlife professionals will be on hand to answer your questions and help you find resources to effectively steward Pennsylvania’s woodlands. Bus leaves daily at 9:30 am, 12:30 pm with an additional tours Tuesday at 3:30 pm; and Wednesday at 3:30 and 5:00 pm. Note: walking/standing involved
What are short rotation woody crops? How do they contribute to biomass feedstock? Why are they being promoted for marginal planting sites? What type of species should you grow and who will buy it? Tour includes a visit to a demonstration plot with fast growing willow and poplar trees. Learn how to grow, harvest, and produce this crop as an alternative income opportunity which helps provide sustainable energy supplies. Bus leaves at 12:00 p.m. Note: walking/standing involved.
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. Also - see a prairie grass demonstration and learn how to establish and maintain native grasses with wildflowers for wildlife habitat, bio-fuels, and more. Bus leaves daily at 11:30. Note: walking/standing involved