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Sauk Centre hay auction Nov. 15

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

I am posting information from the November 1 and 15 Hay Auctions at Sauk Centre. Look at averages carefully, considering the number of loads and range of values that make up the average. Check extra reading for other sources of hay market information.

Nov 1 2012 SC Hay Auction.pdf Lots sold are grouped by bale type, kind of hay and 25 RFV points for alfalfa, and based on protein for grass. Averages are calculated where it seem appropriate.

Nov 15 2012 SC Hay Auction.pdf Same Format as Previous

History of Selected Lots 2012 2013.pdf Average and Range of RFV and prices for Medium Square Alfalfa by 25 RFV points from 101 to 200 RFV for sales so far this year. Grass Hay 5-9% Protein is listed for this Medium Square straw is also listed. This also lists season-long average and range values for each of the last 5 years.

Graph 2001 to 2013 SC Hay Auction.pdf Line graph of markets for Medium Square Alfalfa groups from 2001 to present time. This year's line is Maroon. Dotted lines indicate where there were not any loads in the group at a sale. The first plot for the 101-125 group was posted Nov 15.

Hay Market Information - A Sampling

*The USDA Hay Market Reports can be found at:

Look for hay in the center of the page. A long list of market information will show up. Some of it is from actual hay auctions, such as the one for Pipestone MN. This is not a "quality tested" hay auction. Someone estimates quality, or the seller might have a test result from sampling they did.

Some reports are weekly surveys done by USDA Ag Statistics Service such as the South Dakota East River Market. I'm told this market has a strong influence by the dairy belt along eastern SD.

*Wisconsin Extension Educator Ken Barnett does a weekly Upper Midwest Hay market summary that can be found at

Ken looks at Illinois, Missouri,Kansas and north through our 5 state area. This year areas where the drought was more intense might show higher prices than where the hay crop was more normal.

*The Stearns DHIA lab lists all the lots sold at the Sauk Centre Auction (September through May) at their website:

Stearns DHIA provides the information from the Auction that I use to do this summary.
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