Field demonstrations of forage equipment and educational sessions on crop management will be part of the 2014 Illinois Forage Expo, to be held July 17 near Mulberry Grove.

Hosted by Rocky Road Brown Swiss, a forage-based, intensive-grazing dairy owned by the Tony Snow family, the event will start at 9 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m.

It will include commercial displays of forage-related products and equipment and a quality hay and haylage contest. Producers can enter 2014 harvested bale and haylage entries, delivered on site from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Four hay classes and one haylage class will be available and class winners will each receive a certificate.

The contest and NIRS analyses of entries will be free. Bales weighing more than 100 lbs will need official scale weigh tickets.

For more information, visit or email Gary Letterly at The expo is co-sponsored by the Illinois Forage and Grassland Council, University of Illinois Extension and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.