In this edition:
- August 7, 2014 Hay Auction Results
- Corn Silage Pricing and Harvest Resources
HAY AUCTION & MARKET REPORTS:
Aug 7 2014 SC Hay Auction.pdf
Individual lots sold are sorted and averaged by type and quality. With a limited number of loads for some groups, consider averages carefully.
History of Selected Lots 2013-2014.pdf Now includes averages and ranges for selected groups through the year, listed first along with previous 4 years on the first page and again on the last page. The season long average is calculated for the auctions from October through May.
Graph 2001 to 2014 SC Hay Auction plus J J Aug.pdf A line graph of for average from each sale 2001 to 2014 for Medium Square Alfalfa groups from 101 to 200 RFV. The June, July, August averages are hand marked on the right side of the graph.
The Mid American Hay Auction at Sauk Centre regular schedule starts September 4 with auction held on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays through May. The Steffes Auction in Litchfield runs the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays starting September 9.
"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.
2. Corn Silage Pricing and Harvest Resources 2014.pdf This is a list of some of the Minnesota and Wisconsin resources posted on corresponding websites. It is worth your while to go to the main page website and browse through the list of articles available. This is a pdf document so the links won't be live.
Here are three live links that will get you started:
I consider the first article I've listed on the resource list as a "must read" for anyone who has ever talked about or heard about the thumb rule for pricing a ton of corn silage based on "6 to 8 times the price of corn."
Everything has a margin of error. You can guesstimate as much as you like, or do some measuring-weighing-testing to see if you can get a better handle on things.