Field demonstrations of forage-harvesting equipment, commercial displays of forage-related products and equipment and educational sessions focusing on forage management. Those are a few highlights of the 2012 Illinois Forage Expo, to be held July 10 in Pittsfield.

Interested producers can also enter harvested bales and haylage in the Illinois Forage And Grassland Council (IFGC) Quality Hay & Haylage Contest. The contest is free and NIRS analysis is provided at no charge. Bales weighing more than 100 lbs will need official scale weigh tickets. Four hay classes and one haylage class are available and class winners will receive certificates. For more on the contest, visit with Ron Atherton, IFGC board member, at 815-622-2734 or

For more about the expo, visit here.