See, Enjoy Ag Progress

Pennsylvania's largest ag field day cranks up on Tuesday.

Published on: Aug 14, 2009


Penn State's Ag Progress Days is set for Aug. 18, 19 and 20 at its Ag Research Center, 9 miles southwest of State College. There, you'll find just about anything for the fun, enjoyment and ag educational benefit of your family – from tree-climbing (sorry, kids only), a corn maze, horse care and training, ag research, new tractors and equipment, even past-era antiques.


APD Show Manager Bob Oberheim expects more than 400 commercial ag exhibits this year. The "new exhibitor" list includes alternative energy businesses, forage companies and building companies, to name a few. A new bale shredder will join the bale handling and wrapping demonstrations.

STATE-OF-ART HEADER: This flexible "Draper" combine header will be one of the many machines on display at APD.

The Biofuels Tent returns, says Oberheim, with the latest information plus exhibits on biodiesel, cellulosic ethanol, plus on-going research projects with fall-seeded canola and camelina. In the nearby Energy Tent, learn more about wood energy, anaerobic digestion and important info on natural gas development.


The Pennsylvania No-till Alliance plans to have no-till drill demos plus cover crop seeding information at the Crops, Soils and Conservation area, reports Technical Coordinator Joel Myers.


Choppers to roll in field demos


Corn silage harvesters have pushed drills and planters out of this year's main field demonstration schedule. Here's how the daily demos line up:

  • 10:30 a.m.: hay mowing
  • 11:30 a.m.: corn silage choppers
  • 1:30 p.m.: hay raking and tedding
  • 2 p.m.: high-moisture hay baling
  • 3 p.m.: bale handling and wrapping

Penn State research tours


Here's the schedule of tours leaving from the corn crib at the top of Main Street:

  • General research: Explore crops, entomology, horticulture, pasture and watershed management. Tours run at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. daily plus 5 p.m. on Wednesday.
  • High-tunnel vegetables: How vegetables, small fruits and cut flowers can be combined to extend seasons. Runs 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily.
  • Deer research: Learn about the Quality Deer Management Association and deer biology at 9 and 11 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, plus 5 p.m. Wednesday. 
  • Honey bee apiary: A close-up look at current research and the latest on Colony Collapse Disorder at 10:30 a.m. daily.
  • Woodlot BTU harvest: Learn how to harvest and manage woodlots for energy needs. Tours run daily at 10 a.m., Noon and 2 p.m.
  • Switchgrass for bioenergy: View long-term research sites on variety trials, herbicide controls, daily at 1:30 p.m.
  • Stream and riparian buffers: Learn how they improve water quality and how to install them. Tours run daily at 11:30 a.m.
  • On-farm composting: See a working carcass compost pile after a related presentation in the College Building Theater. Tours run at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday and 9:45 a.m. Thursday. 

That's just a glimpse of what's in store at Ag Progress Days. For more details, visit APD's Web site: