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2015 Illinois Forage Expo

Posted by Russel Higgins -

This has been a challenging June, especially for those who have hay in their rotation. Some northern Illinois farmers managed to take the first cutting in a narrow window of rain free days and are nearing their second cutting. Others are simply waiting for a forecast where four to five rain free days are predicted and will attempt to take their first cutting! The weather forecast for tomorrow is bright and sunny and I encourage farmers who have an interest in the newest hay making technology to attend the 2015 Illinois Forage Expo held at the  Lawfer's Willow Valley Dairy Farm at 4389 S. Willow Road, Kent from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

New equipment from various manufacturers will be on display and/or demonstrated during the daylong event. Factory representatives and local dealers will be on hand to answer questions about the equipment. Field demonstration of hay equipment will include mowing, raking, tedding, baling, silage chopping, and bale wrapping.

Commercial displays of forage related products and equipment will be found in the vendor's tent. Unique this year will be a chance to tour the dairy barn and watch the robotic milking system.

Additional information on the Illinois Forage Expo can be found at



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