Field Demonstrations

Field Demonstrations at Ag Progress Days 2019 feature hay mowing, mergers, tedders, rakes, baling and bale handling. New for this year are sorghum chopping and high speed tillage at 11:45 a.m. daily.

2019 Equipment Demo Map

2019 Equipment Demonstrations

  • 10:30 a.m.  Hay Mowing and Tedders
  • 11:45 a.m.  Sorghum Chopping and High Speed Tillage 
  • 1:00 p.m.    Cover Crop Planting Green Demo
  • 2:00 p.m.    Hay Merging and Raking
  • 2:30 p.m.    Hay Baling and 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. See Field Demonstration Map for location of demonstrations on the grounds.

Possible ride-and-drive locations may be offered on the grounds to view the state-of-art equipment, trucks and tractors used for farming operations provided by commercial exhibitors.

Vegetable and Small Crop Demonstration

The small scale farming operations will be featured on Demo Alley and W. 11th Street at a vegetable garden demonstration area. Featuring the equipment and supplies used at the various stages of planting and harvesting. Equipment demonstration at 9:30 a.m. daily and 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. Demonstrations are approximately one hour. In the Vegetable Tent, FSMA- Produce Food Safety presentations daily at 10:30 a.m.

Cover Crop and Pollinator Plot

Cover Crop Demonstration Area will feature plot of crops and mixtures, contributed by commercial companies. Penn State Extension staff will be available at their booth in the J. D. Harrington Building to answer questions. Pollinator talks will occur daily at 2:00 p.m. at the Pollinator Wildflower Garden in the Conservation Exhibit Area (CEA).

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 Tractor Roll-Over Safety (10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Tuesday & Thursday) and Farm Emergency Rescues on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m.

All presentations are approximately 20 minutes in length.

Livestock Watering Demonstration

Stop by to check out the Natural Resources and Conservation Services (NRCS) NEW "Solar-powered watering system" demonstration in the Conservation Exhibit Area beside the J. D. Harrington Building at the end of E. 5th Street. See an active demonstration of a solar-powered watering system. For use whether you are grazing your animals or just supplying a watering source for your herd while out in the field. Talk with NRCS staff about your specific conservation needs for your livestock operation.