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Sauk Centre Hay Auction Summary Feb 6, 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 Feb 6, 2014. This was a huge sale with 189 "loads" sold for tested hay and "bedding" materials. Consider averages carefully... see further reading.

Information Links:

Feb 6 2014 SC 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.

Hay Stocks Dec 1 2013.pdf
This lists May 1 and December 1 Hay Inventory for the 48 states starting May 1, 2011. The % column is the % compared to the corresponding date the previous year. I also list the combined numbers for our 5 state area.


Consider averages carefully when they are based on a limited number of entries, or wide range of numbers. In this summary, I'd wonder what a $115 average for Large Round Grass Hay with Protein 5-9% means across the whole range of prices paid. I'd guess there's something better about some of these loads where you wouldn't expect to get them for $115. I'd guess there is something worse about a few of these loads where you wouldn't want to pay $115.

You might be more comfortable about the average price shown for large round bales of corn stalks... if you knew the size and conditions of these 6 loads were all pretty similar.

Market reports

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

Private Pesticide Applicator Renewal Workshops

February 21, Foley City Hall, 12:30 to 4:00 p.m.

Irrigation Association of Minnesota Conference

February 20 at Freeport Community Center
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