2015 Illinois Forage Expo - U of I Extension

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2015 Illinois Forage Expo

This article was originally published on June 8, 2015 and expired on June 24, 2015. It is provided here for archival purposes and may contain dated information.

2015 Illinois Forage Expo Slated for June 23

Demonstrations, equipment, and education will be the features of the June 23, 2015 Illinois Forage Expo.  Lawfer’s Willow Valley Dairy Farm at 4389 S. Willow Road, Kent, will host the 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. event.

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.

Educational presentations will include: Selecting and Managing Cover Crops for Grazing and Stored Feed to Avoid Animal Health Risks, presented by Dean Oswald- Regional Cover Crop Specialist, Illinois Council on Best Management Practices; Advances in Forage Genetics and Management presented by Geoff Brink- Research Agronomist, US Dairy Forage Research Center USDA-Agricultural Research Service; NRCS Conservation Programs presented by Matt Bunger- NRCS Grasslands Specialist.  Presentations will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 10:30 a.m.

Also, a Quality Hay & Haylage Contest will be available for producers to enter 2015 harvested hay and haylage bales.  Entries in the Quality Hay & Haylage Contest must be delivered on site from 8:30 am to 10:00 am.  There is no entry fee and NIRS analysis will be provided free of charge.  Bales weighing over 100 pounds need an official scale weigh ticket.  Four hay classes and one haylage class will be available and class winners will receive a certificate.  Producers are limited to one entry per class.

Specifically the Forage Expo site can be reached by taking US Route 20 west of Freeport, continuing west through the intersection of Route 20 and Illinois Route 73 for 6 miles, then turn south on South Willow Road and continue about 4 miles to the site.  Watch for signs.  There is no admission charge and food will be available for purchase on site. 

Additional information concerning the Illinois Forage Expo is available at http://www.illinoisforage.org/ , or by calling Dave Gentry 309-846-8320, or the University of Illinois Extension 815-235-4125.  Those interested in having a commercial exhibit can register on-line at web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw.

The Illinois Forage Expo is sponsored by the Illinois Forage and Grassland Council.  Forage Expo supporters include University of Illinois Extension, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Jo Daviess County Farm Bureau and Stephenson County Farm Bureau.

Pull date: June 24, 2015