UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A wide variety of crop management, wildlife and conservation education, as well as the signature hay show, will take place in and around the J.D. Harrington Crops, Soils and Conservation Building during Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 13-15.
“Ag Progress Days is a great place to learn about best practices in crop management, wildlife and conservation from experts in the field," said Jesse Darlington, Ag Progress Days manager. "The annual hay competition is a big draw and showcases the best hay the state has to offer."
The 2019 Pennsylvania Hay Show, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Forage and Grassland Council, will be held in the Harrington Building, at the end of East Fifth Street, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Hay entries should be dropped off at the special hay sample drop-off point located along the East entrance to Ag Progress Days or at the Harrington Building. Deadline for sample delivery is 10 a.m. on Aug. 13.
Specialists from Penn State and other organizations also will be on hand during the three-day expo to answer questions about crop production, hemp education, weed identification and biofuel feedstocks. Visitors can ask questions about crop and nutrient management, no-till practices, organic farming and sustainable agriculture, and even bring a weed for experts to identify.
Outside the Harrington Building, the Conservation Exhibit Area will feature displays on managing farmland to promote beneficial insects that are natural enemies of crop pests and weeds; solar-powered livestock watering systems; cover crop varieties; and managing soil health.
In addition, crop and conservation topics will be featured in other areas of the Ag Progress Days site, including demonstrations on direct-cut sorghum chopping, bagging high-moisture sorghum, high-speed tillage and a cover-crop grazing exhibit, featuring cattle.
Tours focused on managing deer and other wildlife as part of a quality deer management system will take place daily at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., with an additional tour Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. Tours will leave from the corn crib at the top of Main Street.
Another featured tour will be "Strategies for Improving Dairy Cropping Systems." This tour highlights lessons learned from this 10-year, multi-disciplinary research project. This tour departs at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Last, but not least, "A-Maze-N-Corn" — a family favorite since 2000 — gives children and adults the chance to wander a giant corn maze, which is stroller- and wheelchair-accessible. The popular destination is adjacent to the Harrington Building.
Sponsored by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, Ag Progress Days is held at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs, 9 miles southwest of State College on Route 45. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 13; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 14; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 15. Admission and parking are free.
For more information, visit the Ag Progress Days website. Twitter users can find and share information about the event by using the hashtag #agprogressdays, and the event also can be found on Facebook (@AgProgressDays).