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Sauk Centre Hay Auction June 6, 2013 and other Forage Info

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

I am posting links here to May 16 and June 6 Hay Auction Summaries for the Mid American Quality Tested Hay Auction at Sauk Centre Minnesota. It shows lots sold, grouped by hay and bale type and quality, along with straw and corn stalks sold.

May 16, 2013 SC Hay Auction.pdf
June 6 2013 SC Hay Auction.pdf
History of Selected Lots 2012 2013.pdf
Medium Square Alfalfa in 25 RFV point groups from 101 to 200 RFV, Grass Hay 5-9% Protein and Medium Square Straw. A "season long average" has been calculated.

Graph 2001 to 2013 SC Hay Auction.pdf  Averages of each auction through the season since 2001

Mid-American Hay Auction will conduct an extra auction on July 11 and August 1.

A couple of other good hay market resources include

"Weekly Hay Market Demand and Price Report for the Upper Midwest" that is put together by Ken Barnett, UW Extension.

USDA Hay Market Reports - Click on Livestock, Poultry and Grain Market News, then look for Hay.

Late Planted Forages?

Some farmers are still looking at options for planting something that can be feed for dairy and beef cattle through the coming year. Here's a link to a trial that was done in 2002-03 at Pelican Rapids and Rosemount. The summary says corn for silage can be the best option for tonnage and quality even when planted early in July. Forage Sorghum, Sudangrasses, Millets and some other crop options can be useful to consider also.

Late planted forage trial 02 03.pdf
University of Wisconsin Extension has also dealt with this issue over the years. Dan Undersander wrote article in 2008 about trials in Wisconsin similar to the 2002-03 Minnesota Trials:

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