Forage Field Guide

The second edition of the Purdue Extension Forage Field Guide is currently sold out. We are working on a revised third edition of the guide and hope it will be ready by late spring.

The third edition will be available through the Purdue Extension Education Store ( We also will offer custom covers of the guide in our initial print run. We will post the details about the custom covers when they are available. If you would like to receive an email notice when we have more details ready about the guide, please email Kevin Leigh Smith.

Samples of the second edition's contents are available here.

Custom Covers

Samples of custom covers are available here.​​​​

We last printed custom covers in spring 2011. We plan to print custom covers when we release the third edition in late spring 2015. If you would like us to notify you if we print custom covers again, or if you have any questions about the guides, please email or phone:

Kevin Leigh Smith
(765) 494-9558

Corey K. Gerber
(765) 496-3755

What's the Cost?

Custom covers will not cost any more than our standard covers, but a minimum order of 100 copies will be required. We will post prices for the third edition when we have more details.

How Do I Order?

When the custom covers are offered, you will be able to order them by emailing 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.

Click here to see a sample of the template we used for the second edition.

The live area on the front cover will probably be 3.25 inches wide x 0.875 (7/8) inch tall. On the sample, the live area is the white box on the front.

The live area on the back cover will probably be 3.5 inches wide x 4.5 inches tall. On the sample, this space is the box on the back cover.

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.

What Else Can I Put on the Cover?

  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. Text and other information — we can include any other information you want on the front or back covers (phone numbers, e-mail 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) 494-9558. Multiple shipping locations may be subject to shipping charges.

We also can issue separate billing statements, but Purdue University rules now require each billing statement be for 100 copies or more.

Other Questions?

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

Kevin Leigh Smith
(765) 494-9558

Corey K. Gerber
(765) 496-3755