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Sauk Centre Hay Auction Summary Jan 16, 2014

by Dan Martens, Extension Educator, Stearns-Benton-Morrison Counties by phone, if a local call to Foley 968-5077 or 1-800-964-4929

This information is for the Sauk Centre Hay Auction held on Jan.16, 2014.

Consider averages carefully when they are based on a limited number of entries, or wide range of numbers. In this summary, I wouldn't consider the average of 2 loads of Medium Square Alfalfa RFV 101-125 to mean much.

Jan 16 2014 Hay Auction.pdf
Individual lots sold, sorted and averaged by type and quality.

History of Selected Lots 2013-2014.pdf
A summary of past 4 years and individual auctions so far this year.

Graph 2001 to 2014 SC Hay Auction.pdf
A line graph of for average from each sale 2001 to 2014 for Medium Square Alfalfa groups from 101 to 200 RFV. Where sale lots are limited, averages might not mean much.

Central MN Winter Forage Workshop Feb 5 at the American Legion in Royalton; at Floodwood Feb 4; at Caledonia Feb 6. Marvin Hall, Penn State Extension Forage Specialist is guest speaker. >

Early Registration Discount extended to January 29. "With unpredictable weather and water pipes, please attend if you just get up and the day looks like it will work- always welcome." Read more for related information and info about coming events

Market reports

"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.

Regional MN Forage Meetings

Local Forage Associations are working MFA on winter forage meetings that will be held in NE MN at Floodwood NW of Duluth Feb 4, Central MN at Royalton north of St. Cloud on Feb 5, and SE MN near Rochester on Feb 6.

Pre-registration should be open by Monday Jan 12 at the Midwest Forage Association Website or call 651-484-3888

Conservation Tillage Conference

February 18-19, 2014 at the Holiday Inn in St. Cloud MN

For a direct link to the conference webpage you can go to

Private Pesticide Applicator Training

New Test Materials available at County Extension Offices after January 1, 2014

Many workshop locations around the state, including
  • January 28, Little Falls, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Morrison Co. Gov. Center
    Bring $5 for pizza or pack a lunch
  • February 7, Cambridge, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Anoka Ramsey Community College
  • February 12, Albany, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30
    p.m. at Albany Bowling Center
    Call CentraSota at 320-548-3245 to RSVP for lunch break
  • February 13, Buffalo, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Wright Co. Courthouse
  • February 21, Foley City Hall, 12:30 to 4:00 p.m.

For more information check about other sites and options around Minnesota

Irrigation Association of Minnesota Conference

February 20 at Freeport Community Center

Benton Sherburne Corn Growers and East Central Irrigation Meeting January 28 at Jack n' Jim's Event Center in Duelm

Benton SWCD Irrigation Clinic Feb 4 at Sauk Rapids City Hall, Call 320-968-5300

WEATHER NOTE: The editor of the Northern Star in the Graceville/Clinton area writes that it was so cold out there the other day that when he went to get his coat from the closet, his coat was wearing a sweater.

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