COAL VALLEY, Ill. — The 2013 Illinois Forage Expo is set for Tuesday, July 16, and will be hosted by Adam Schroeder, Coal Valley.

The event will be held on Niabi Zoo Road, just east of the zoo in Rock Island County, and will run from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The expo will include field demonstrations of forage harvesting equipment and commercial displays of forage related products and equipment. In addition, educational sessions focusing on forage management will be presented.

A quality hay and haylage contest will be available for producers to enter 2013 harvested bales and haylage. Contest entries must be delivered on site from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

There is no entry fee, and near-infrared spectroscopy analysis will be provided free of charge. Bales weighing more than 100 pounds will need an official scale weigh ticket.

Four hay and one haylage class will be available, and class winners will receive a certificate.

For information about exhibiting a commercial display, contact Dave Gentry of Growmark Inc. at (309) 557-6397 or email dgentry@growmark.com.

More details about the expo are available at www.illinoisforage.org.

The expo is cosponsored by the Illinois Forage and Grassland Council, University of Illinois Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.