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Visit NRCS at Ag Progress Days

This year's Ag Progress Days (APD) will be held in person August 10-12. Learn more about soil health, cover crops, and grazing through our displays, demonstrations, and tours. Learn more about each station below by clicking on the titles.

USDA NRCS Exhibits and Demos:

Cover crop display at Ag Progress Days Cover Crop Display – Discover the Cover!
(Harrington Building) Learn about over 20 legume, grass, and forb cover crop species and mixtures to help improve your soil quality.
Earthworms are a sign of healthy, living soil.

Healthy Soil Demonstration – What is Healthy Soil?
(Outside Harrington Building) Soil Health is achieved when management mimics nature. See the differences between soils managed conventionally and healthy soils managed with a diverse rotation, very little disturbance, soil cover, and living roots growing throughout the year. Infiltration, runoff, and soil aggregation stability are demonstrated.

Soil Health Tunnel Soil Health Tunnel
(Outside Harrington Building) New this year! Walk into this interactive tunnel to learn about soil and why it is important.
Web Soil Survey Web Soil Survey – Custom Soil Maps & Reports
Learn about the online soil information system Web Soil Survey. View soils information for your land, gather information relating to soil properties and soil interpretations, and generate custom reports.
Livestock Water Management Systems Display Livestock Water Management Systems
Check out the NRCS solar-powered pump and trough, a nose pump, and a working hydraulic ram pump as alternate ways of supplying water to your animals at sites located far from an electrical supply.
Heavy Use Area Heavy Use Area & Waste Storage Facility
A demo roofed manure storage and concrete heavy use area shows options for handling liquid and solid wastes when confining animals.
Equine HUA Equine Heavy Use Area
A full-scale site showing a properly stabilized exercise lot for horses that also includes a watering system, various fencing options for equine, and siting considerations.

Be sure to also visit Penn State's Research Tours

Penn State Extension Educators and Faculty use the 2,200 acres of the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center for workshops, field days, and to study plants, pests, and production practices. Research and educational programs serve to advance our food and fiber systems, benefiting citizens of the Commonwealth and the World. Learn More from researchers in virtual APD Live Webinars about high tunnels, riparian buffers, grazing and pasture management, and more!

For more information on Advanced Grazing Management, see the following links:

USDA-NRCS Fact Sheet- What is High Stock Density Grazing?

Pasture Project Article, Allen Williams, PhD- Adaptive High Stock Density Grazing

Penn State Grazing Case Study Links:

  1. Plant Diversity to Extend the Grazing System - This case study shows how a farmer in northwestern Pennsylvania is using annuals and perennials to expand his grazing season while managing for reduced inputs and improved soil health through integration of grazing and no-tillage.
  2. No-Till Annuals to Beat the Summer Slump on a Dairy Farm - This case study demonstrates how a grazing dairy farmer in southeastern Pennsylvania beats the summer slump with cool- and warm-season annuals established with no-till practices.
  3. Integrating Grazing in No-Till Systems on a Grain Farm - The adoption of no-tillage systems in Pennsylvania creates opportunities to graze after harvest. This case study examines the integration of grazing and no-tillage on a grain farm.

About Ag Progress Days

Ag Progress Days is Pennsylvania's largest outdoor agricultural exposition and features the latest technology and research exhibits, educational programs, and guided tours. Sponsored by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, the event celebrates the forty-fifth year to be held. It is one of only three agricultural exhibitions in the country sponsored by a major University. Exhibits showcase the latest in Penn State research, as well as information on best management practices and changing regulations in the agricultural industry.

More information about the show can be found here.