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Issue No. 15, Article 1/July 16, 2010

2010 Illinois Forage Expo on July 21 in Kankakee County

This year's Illinois Forage Expo will be held next Wednesday, July 21, in Kankakee County at the Law-Rae Dairy Farm (operator Dave Surprenant), 5898 E. 7000 N Road, Manteno, from 9:00 to 3:00. The farm is a grazing-based operation currently milking 150 cows using 40 four-acre paddocks for intensive grazing of grass-clover pastures under irrigation.

The expo will include field demonstrations of forage harvesting equipment and commercial displays of forage-related products and equipment. Educational sessions will focus on forage species selection and animal preferences, forage fertility and weed control, hay preservatives, and USDA/NRCS programs.

Producers can also enter 2010 harvested bales and haylage in the quality hay and haylage contest. Entries must be delivered to the site between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m. There is no entry fee, and free NIRS analysis will be provided. Bales weighing over 100 pounds will need an official scale weigh ticket. Four hay classes and one haylage class will be available, and winners in each class will receive certificates. For more contest information, contact Greg Clark, University of Illinois Extension, Whiteside County (815-772-4075, gmclark@illinois.edu).

The Forage Expo site is about 4½ miles southeast of Manteno. From Interstate 57, exit at the Manteno exit; go east on Division Street, then north (left) 2 blocks on Main Street, then east (right) on 3rd Street/9000 N Road 2½ miles, then south (right) 2 miles on 5000 E Road, then east (left) 1 mile on 7000 N Road. From Grant Park, go west and south 2 miles on Route 1/17, then west (right) 5 miles on 7000 N Road. Watch for signs.

Lunch will be available onsite. More expo information is available at www.illinoisforage.org. If you are interested in having a commercial display, contact Gale Imig at Growmark (309-557-6397).

The Forage Expo is sponsored by the Illinois Forage and Grassland Council, University of Illinois Extension, and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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