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Sauk Centre Hay Auction Summary Oct 3, 2013

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

I am posting the results of auction held October 3, 2013.
Oct 3 2013 SC Hay Auction.pdf
Lots sold are grouped here by bale type, kind of hay, alfalfa sorted in 25 RFV point groups, grass sorted based on protein. Straw and bedding materials are also listed.

Averages are calculated where it seems appropriated. Look at averages carefully where there are a few loads in a group; and where there is a wide range of price. I will update a line graph of auction results over the years when we get results from the October 17 auction sometime next week.

History of Selected Lots 2013-2014.pdf Average and range of RFV values and prices for Medium Square Alfalfa in 25 RFV groups from 101 to 200 RFV.

The Sauk Centre Hay Auction will be held on the first and third Thursday of each month through May. The Steffes Hay Auction is held in Litchfield with fall dates so far on October 22 and November 12 & 26, December 11.


There was more Sorghum and Sudangrass planted last spring due to late planting conditions and winter-kill to alfalfa in some areas. This can be a very useful feed in some cattle rations. There can be health issues when feeding short or frost damaged sorghum and sudangrass crops. Here's a link to an article that provides more information:

Caution with Frosted Sorghum Sudan.pdf


The Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District, in cooperation with U of M Extension will offer a first hand look at some on farm cover crop work on Wednesday October 30 at 1:00 p.m. near Roscoe. The field day event will show six different cover crop mixtures and four different seeding methods of cereal rye. Plant materials include turnips, radish, forage peas, vetch, clover, buckwheat, lentils, millet, rye, ryegrass, oats and flax. Some of this was planted in standing corn and soybeans.

Speakers have significant experience with soils and cover crops: Shannon Osborne (ARS), Jill Sackett and Jodi DeJong Hughes (UM Extension), Dave Rose (NRCS), Dan Ley (Dairy Farmer).
The field day is located 4 miles west of Richmond or 1 mile east of Roscoe on Hwy23. For more information call Brad Wenz at the Stearns County SWCD at 320-251-7800

USDA hay market reports have NOT been available during the government shut-down.

Follow common sense precautions in making on-line contacts and transactions. People also use Craig's list and similar website market tools to buy and sell hay.


Agricultural newspapers and local shoppers and community newspapers continue to be good tools for advertising "hay for sale" or "hay wanted".
People who need to purchase hay and other livestock feeds should be shopping early and working closely with nutrition advisors to make the best of resources with different groups of livestock.

Please continue to encourage a SAFE fall harvest.
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