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Sauk Centre Hay Auctions Dec 2 & 16, 2010

By Dan Martens, Extension Educator, Stearns-Benton-Morrison Counties
This information is from the Sauk Centre Hay Auctions held on December 2 and 16, 2011. I am posting 4 items here:
SC Hay Auction 12 02 10.pdf  A list of hay lots and bedding materials sold ... grouped by kind of hay and type of bale.
SC Hay Auction 12 16 10.pdf  Same kind of list for Dec 16.
History Selected Lots 2010 2011.pdf   A summary of auctions held so far this year - Medium Square Alfalfa lots with RFV from 101 to 200 listing averages and ranges for RFV and price, also straw.
Graph SC Hay Auction 2001-2011.pdf   A line graph of auction seasons from 2001-2011. The current year is the red line.
Extra reading has a couple comments about the auctions, and some info about coming events. These auctions continue to be held on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 12:30 p.m.

Please continue to be careful about how you look at averages and other numbers. For example, at the December 2 auction there were four loads of Medium Square Alfalfa in the 176-200 RFV range that sold for $60, $75, $140 and $145 per ton with an average of $105. You'll see a big swing on the line graph. There was some variation in protein and moisture but perhaps not to the tune of an $85 price swing. I was not at the auction, but I'd guess that there were some physical condition and appearance issues with two of the lots. It might be that the two cheaper lots were the best deal of the day for some uses, then again maybe not.

For more hay market information check some of the following
USDA Market Reports

Ken Barnett - UWEX

Coming Events

The Calendar is loaded with education and meeting opportunities during the next 2-3 months. Here are a few of them, certainly not a complete list.

U of M Professional Agronomy Update Workshops - First Two Weeks of January. For more information go to:

Minnesota Organic Conference in St. Cloud January 13-15, With Terry Gompert, Nebraska Grazing Ace on January 13

Private Pesticide Applicator Renewal Workshops January and February. Workshop list posted at   or test materials available now at County Extension Offices or the website soon.

Upper Midwest Regional Fruit and Vegetable Grower's Conference January 19 to 21 in St. Cloud. The U of M Extension "Farm Transfer and Estate Planning" workshop is offered on January 19 ahead of the main part of this conference.

Midwest Forage Association Winter Forage Meetings, Featuring Neal Martin from USDA Dairy and Forage Research Center at Madison WI
Tuesday Feb 8 at Cromwell in NE MN
Wednesday Feb 9 at Avon in Central MN
Thursday Feb 10 in Rochester in SE MN

For many other University of Minnesota Extension Activities, you can go to the Extension home page
and add words like /dairy, /forages, /corn, /soybeans, /small grains

Please Play it Safe with Winter Weather

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