Technical Information

Hay Decision Tool

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Should you buy or produce your hay?


Download the hay decision tool spreadsheet to help you make decisions about whether to purchase or produce your hay.


Download the file below or click on this link:

https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/PA_NRCSConsumption/download?cid=nrcseprd1324691&ext=xlsx

Illinois Grazing Manual

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The Illinois Grazing Manual is now available online.  The in-depth document details technical information on grazing management, inventories, establishment/renovation, species, noxious/invasive species, watering animal health, fertility, watering infrastructure and livestock handling & nutrition.


To download the manual click the link below:  http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/il/technical/?p2_030613


Cover Crops

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To learn more about selecting cover crops for your farm, visit the Cover Crop Selection Tool.

http://mccc.msu.edu/covercroptool/covercroptool.php

Markets & Market Reports

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To learn more about forages and hay markets visit:  www.agr.state.il.us/markets/hay 

 or www.afgc.org

Technical Articles

Click on the link below to view technical articles on grazing, cover crops, and more.

Forage Trials 2018 (pdf)

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Apps for Agriculture (pdf)

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Cover Crops for Grazing (pdf)

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Forage Based Animal Nutrition (pdf)

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Increase Pasture Production with Plant Growth Hormones (pdf)

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Reducing Production Cost by Grazing Cover Crops (pdf)

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Producing Hay vs. Buying Hay (xlsx)

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