Visit the New Crops, Soils and Conservation Building at Ag Progress Days
Posted: July 31, 2012
This year marks a major change for our group - we will have a building instead of a tent for the Soils, Crops, and Conservation exhibits! The building was possible through donations from several individuals and companies who will be recognized on Tuesday, August 14, at 2:00 p.m. during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the building site.
Like other years, there will again be a large gathering of primarily educational and service organizations exhibiting their programs in the building. This gathering is really a testimony of the excellent collaborative relationships we have among these different organizations. By working together we are helping Pennsylvania's farmers and foresters manage their land for profit while sustaining environmental quality and natural beauty. Farmers have the opportunity to submit their hay samples for the hay quality contest (to be submitted before 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday at the new building or along the east entrance to APD). The Penn State Cover Crop interseeder will be demonstrated and strips of different no-tilled cover crops/forage mixtures seeded after wheat are on display behind the building. Different pieces of no-till equipment will be exhibited in the no-till corral in front of the building, as well as a rainfall simulator that will show the effects of rainfall on soil erosion, a butterfly garden, and warm-season grass plantings. There will be many activities at APD for your children as well. Wild animals such as snakes and turtles will be shown in the building, and the kids can lose themselves in the A-Maze-N-Corn labyrinth behind the building. Extension agronomists will be on site to answer crop production questions. Go to the Ag Progress Days website for more information.