Forage Field Guide, third edition

​Forage Field Guide, third edition

The third edition of the guide is fully revised. We’ve updated selection information, nutrient management, pest management and more. We also added new and better photos throughout the guide.

Order single copies of the guide online for $9 each.

Or, order boxes of 25 copies online for $202.50 (a 10 percent discount).

You can also order the guide by phone by calling

Correction Notice

The information presented in the table on page 259 of the Forage Field Guide (third edition) contains an error. We have created a PDF of the corrected table you can use in your copy of the guide. We regret the error.

Custom Covers

We are not currently taking orders for custom covers of the Forage Field Guide.

If you would like to be notified about future printings with custom covers, please contact Kevin Leigh Smith to be added to our email list. Details about past printings with custom covers (including costs, how to order, and artwork requirements) are provided below.

What's the Cost?

Custom covers do not cost any more than our standard covers, but there is a minimum order of 100 copies.

The prices for custom covers are

  • 100-299 guides: $9 each
  • 300-749 guides: $8.10each (10 percent discount)
  • 750-1,499 guides: $7.65 each (15 percent discount)
  • 1,500-2,499 guides: $7.20 each (20 percent discount)
  • 2,500-3,999 guides: $6.75 each (25 percent discount)
  • 4,000 or more: contact Kevin Leigh Smith

Note: Orders may be subject to Indiana sales tax. These prices are per cover design — groups that order multiple cover designs do not receive a cumulative discount. These prices include printer setup charges and basic shipping — orders that need to be shipped to multiple locations may be subject to actual shipping charges.

How Do I Order?

To order custom covers, please email Kevin Leigh Smith with the following information:

  1. Your name and organization.
  2. Number of custom guides you want to order.
  3. Your email address.
  4. Your telephone number.
  5. A shipping address (please provide an actual street address, we won't be able to deliver to post office boxes).
  6. A billing address (if different).
  7. A description of what you want on the cover (and please attach any graphics files you want to include — details about graphics files are provided below).

If you belong to a larger organization, pooling all of your orders together can reduce your costs, avoid unnecessary duplication, and ensure you receive guides. Please consult with the appropriate individuals in your organization to consolidate your orders.

What Is the Process?

Once you let us know what you want on the cover, you will receive a rough PDF to make sure the elements are where you want them.

After that, our graphic designer will finalize the design. We create several custom covers at once, so you will receive this final PDF proof some time after the ordering deadline.

After you receive this final proof, you will send us any corrections or changes. We will not print your cover until we receive your final approval.

What Can I Put on the Cover?

All versions of the guide will feature a photo on the front cover with a live area for your logo and information. There will be a larger live area on the back cover for more information.

This is a PDF sample of the Forage Field Guide custom cover.

The live area on the front cover is 3.25 inches (233.9 pixels) wide x 0.78 inch (56.2 pixels) tall. On the sample, the live area is the white box on the front. The “Compliments of” line will appear on all covers. The “safe” zone on the front cover is 2.9724 inches (211.2 pixels) wide by 0.7 inch (50.4 pixels) tall.

The live area on the back cover is 3.26 inches (234.5 pixels) wide x 4.28 inches (308.4 pixels) tall. On the sample, this space is all of the back cover except the Purdue Extension disclaimer, branding, and EEO statement on the bottom of the page. The “safe” zone on the back cover is 2.94 inches (211.7 pixels) wide by 4.13 inches (297.57 pixels) tall. The back covers have a 0.25 inch bleed on the left side and top.

What Artwork Do I Need?

Please submit your company logos and other artwork in vector format (EPS or AI) whenever possible. Other formats (TIF and JPG) are acceptable, but please send high-resolution images (at least 300 dpi at actual print size). Logo files that have a lower resolution may look good on your computer screen, but will print poorly.

  • Colors — in the live area on the back cover you can specify any background color you like. For example, you can send us a specific PMS color, or we can match the background to one in your logo. If you do not specify a color, we will use white. You cannot change the color of the front live area.
  • Photos — because we print these covers using a four-color process, you can also use photos or any other art as long as it is of publication quality and fits in the live space.
  • Text and other information — we can include any other information you want on the front or back covers (phone numbers, email addresses, website URLs, taglines, and so on). If you have a particular font you would like to use, please specify the font and send a sample of the text. The only limitation, of course, is space.

Shipping and Billing

It is possible to ship your guides to more than one location. For details, please contact Kevin Smith — or (765) 494-0166. Multiple shipping locations may be subject to actual shipping charges.

We also can issue separate billing statements, but Purdue University rules state that we can't issue invoices for fewer than 100 copies.

Other Questions?

If you have any other questions about the guides or custom covers, please contact:

Kevin Leigh Smith
(765) 494-0166​​​​

Department of Agronomy, 915 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2053 USA, (765) 494-4773

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