Penn State has announced that it will host a hay competition and provide conservation education to attendees as part of its Ag Progress Days agenda. The event will be held between August 15 and 17 at the J.D. Harrington Crops, Soils and Conservation Building.
One of the highlights of the event will be the 2017 Pennsylvania Hay Show, put on each day between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The goal will be to provide attendees with more insight into the diversity of Pennsylvania hay.
"Ag Progress Days is a great place for some of the best hay made in Pennsylvania to be showcased," said Jessica Williamson, Penn State Extension forage crop specialist and Pennsylvania Forage and Grassland Council executive vice president. "The changes to the competition were made with Pennsylvania hay producers in mind — we hope to have a positive outcome, affording producers the opportunity to enter more samples in more classes."
Attendees will also be able to enter the competition themselves with hay they’ve grown in Pennsylvania in 2017. Entries are being accepted through August 15.
Penn State specialists will be on hand throughout the Ag Progress Days to answer questions about everything from crop production to biofuel feedstocks. Attendees can even bring a weed with them for identification by an expert.
"We're looking forward to another exciting Ag Progress Days," Williamson continued. "From educational displays about conservation and sustainability efforts to our signature Hay Show, there is so much for people to see and learn."