The Illinois Forage Institute was held on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at the Stephenson County Farm Bureau in Freeport, IL. The educational program focused on managing hayland and pastures. Topics presented in the morning included What Baleage Can Do For You, Using HarvXtra Reduced Lignin Alfalfa in Your Feeding Plan, and Fungicides on Alfalfa. The afternoon program included IFGC recognition & awards, and presentations on Illinois Forage Expo Preview, Feeding Options for Goats, Succession Planning for Your Farming Operation, and the 4Rs of Soil Fertility. Program presenters included Kendall Guither, IFGC President; Dr. David Weakley of Forage Genetics International, Dr. Damon Smith of the University of WI-Madison; Ron Lawfer, dairy producer & 2015 Forage Expo host; Dr. Chris Duemler, Brodhead Veterinary Clinic; David Shockey, Attorney; and Dr. Howard Brown, Growmark, Inc.
Congratulations to Kendall Guither of Walnut, Illinois and Ashley Osborne of Mulberry Grove, IL on their awards received at the AFGC Conference. Kendall received 1st in the baleage category in the forage competition. Ashley received 3rd in the Forage Spokesperson Competition.
Hay Market Report
The USDA Agriculture Marketing Service collects market data on various commodities including hay. The Illinois Hay Market Report is published monthly and can be accessed by visiting http://www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/gx_gr310.txt.
The USDA Agriculture Marketing Service can be accessed at http://www.ams.usda.gov/ in order view nationwide hay market reports from other states.