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Sauk Centre Hay Auction Report March 17, 2011

By Dan Martens, Extension Educator, Stearns-Benton-Morrison Counties

The information posted here is from the Sauk Centre Hay Auction held on March 17, 2011. Thanks to the Mid American Auction Co. and the Stearns DHIA Association for sharing information that is used to create these reports report. I am posting three items.

SC Hay Auction 03 17 2011.pdf   A list of all tested hay lots and bedding materials sold ... grouped by kind of hay and type of bale .... cost per pound of dry matter and cost per RFV point

History of Select Lots 2010 2011.pdf   A summary of auction held this year of Medium Square Alfalfa from 101 to 200 RFV in 25 point groups and straw bedding, average and range of values

Graphs Med Sq Alf 2001 to 2011.pdf  A line graph of auction seasons from 2001 to 2011. The bold red line is the auction for 2010 2011 so farm. The March 17 average price is just a mark because data is not available from March 3 at this time. There were no loads of Med Sq Alf in the 175 to 200 RFV group.

1. The Story of Averages
2. Summer Tour Prospects

The graph lines are based on the average of all lots sold and MAY give some indication of market trends.
Hay in the 126 to 150 Medium Square Alfalfa Group averaged $123 on March 17. The top 8 loads in this group of 17 loads ranked by RFV averaged $143. The bottom 8 loads in this group averaged $103. If you look at the list, more of the better prices are for better testing hay; but order of loads based on price is not a perfect match with a list based on test. As we think about information as "clues" about the market, I have the question, "Were some of the top 8 loads also in better physical condition that gives me reason to think they will feed better and cattle will do better with it ... and not so much on some of the lower priced 8 loads? This isn't a new question. I'm just making the point again that in listing averages for 25 point groups, I'm not suggesting that the price that makes sense for hay generally in that group.

SUMMER TOURS NOTE: Our Central Minnesota Forage Council Board will do some thinking soon about the prospects of a good site for a summer forage tour. We often schedule this toward the end of August when there is some opportunity to speak to corn silage as well as hay crop interests. If you have any site cooperator suggestions for us, we're open to suggestions.

Our Extension Staff in St. Cloud and Todd County had some discussion about summer dairy tour sites also and we have some places in mind. If any of you know dates of events that we should avoid in June, July, August, early September, we'd like to know about that too.

GRASS LEGUME PLOT TOUR. We will take a look at how the grass and legume species plot between Avon and St. Joseph comes out of the winter with the idea of having a plot tour there that would likely be in the third week of June ahead of second crop harvest.

Please encourage your neighbors and other you work with to do things that contribute to a SAFE spring work season.

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