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by Atlanta Business Journal

STATE COLLEGE — 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 on Aug. 9-11.

The 2022 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 5 p.m. Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday.

Hay entries should be dropped off at the special hay sample drop-off point located along the east entrance to Ag Progress Days. The deadline for sample delivery is 10 a.m. Aug. 9.

Specialists from Penn State and other organizations will be on hand to answer questions about crop production, weed identification, water quality and biofuels. Visitors can ask questions about crop and nutrient management, no-till practices, organic farming and sustainable agriculture, and even bring weeds for experts to identify.

Outside the Harrington Building, the Conservation Exhibit Area will include demonstrations supported by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. With a focus on working farms, NRCS technical staff will feature an active livestock watering system with solar-powered pumps for grazing operations; a scale model manure storage and concrete heavy-use area to address animal concentration areas and manure management; and an interactive soil tunnel to demonstrate soil health. Inside the Harrington Building, the NRCS booth will showcase a cover crop display, soil health demonstrations and a live web soil survey activity.

The Pennsylvania No-Till Alliance will feature rainfall simulator demonstrations showing infiltration at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily.

This year’s new field demonstration will showcase small grain combines and large square balers at 12:30 p.m. daily. “We have some spring wheat, a species normally not grown in the East, to allow these big machines to run,” said Ron Hoover, senior project associate and coordinator of the On-Farm Research Program with Penn State Extension.

Next to the Harrington Building, at the cover crop plots and planting green demonstrations, Penn State Extension representatives and Pennsylvania seed companies will discuss new cover crop mixtures planted in the plots.

Tours that focus on stream buffers, livestock pastures, forest management and equine pastures will take place at various times during the three-day event. Buses will leave from the corn crib at the top of Main Street.

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