Commercial exhibits at Ag Progress Days combine research and industry

July 03, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Industry and education again this year will combine in several popular exhibits and demonstrations highlighting the commercial portion of Ag Progress Days Aug. 14-16, hosted by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Bob Oberheim, Ag Progress Days manager, pointed out that the purpose of Ag Progress Days is two-fold.

"The College of Ag Sciences has the ability to showcase to the general public and producers what type of research and cutting-edge technology has been developed each year," he said. "Also, commercial industries can interact with and showcase equipment and service to an agricultural audience."

Several demonstrations supported by Penn State crop specialists will feature the latest machinery and techniques. New field demonstrations this year will feature "show-and-tell" events for new tractors, planters and drills. These events will allow companies to promote and talk about their equipment.

Another new presentation will be the air blast sprayer calibration demonstration in the Farm Safety Demonstration Area. This sprayer is used in orchards, as well as vegetable and small fruit production, with the spray material dispersed by a large fan.

Oberheim said that field demonstrations are an important component of the event.

"Part of Ag Progress Days' success comes from having active field demonstrations all three days," he said. "Commercial industry brings the newest, most high-tech, best equipment to show and demonstrate for the customer, the farmer."

Also on display will be a cover-crop interseeder developed by Penn State agricultural scientists. Farmers using this technology may eventually need only a single trip across the field to accomplish what takes most farmers three passes and several pieces of equipment to do.

Returning machinery demonstrations will feature hay mowing, hay rakes and tedders, hay baling and bale handling. There also will be demonstrations of an antique hay baler driven by oxen near the Pasto Agricultural Museum during all three days.

Oberheim said visitors also will have the opportunity to test drive and ride equipment to compare.

New this year is the antique tractor pull on Aug. 16. Oberheim said the pull will add new excitement and draw participants who may not have attended the show in the past.

In addition to the demonstrations, close to 450 commercial and noncommercial exhibitors are expected at the event, according to Oberheim.

"It brings the buyer and seller together in one location for three days," Oberheim said.
"Customers can compare all sizes and models of operating equipment. It's a tremendous time and cost saver. Companies interact with customers, and customers meet suppliers."

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, nine miles southwest of State College on Route 45. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 14; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Aug. 15; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 16. 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 #agprogress.

  • An equipment demonstration at last year's Ag Progress Days.

    IMAGE: Penn State

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Last Updated July 05, 2012