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Sauk Centre Hay Auction Summary Nov. 20, 2014

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

In this post:
  • November 20 Hay auction & market reports
  • Land Rent Workshops 
  • Winter Forage Meeting Update
  • Farm Bill Dairy and Crop Information Update

Hay auction & market reports

November 20 Hay Auction Results – 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 2014-2015.pdf – 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 2015 SC Hay Auction A line graph averaging sales from 2001-2007 and for each year from 2008 to 2015. Medium Square Alfalfa groups from 101 to 200 RFV. The graph is for October through May Auctions. Points on the graph may not mean as much where there was 1 or 2 loads on a sale or wide ranges in quality.

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.

Land rent workshops

Workshops will be taught by U of M Extension Ag Business Management Regional Extension Educator Dave Bau and held at the following locations:

December 11 in Little Falls at 9:30 a.m. and Browerville at 1:30 p.m.

December 18 in Buffalo at 9:30 a.m. and Litchfield at 2 p.m.

Winter forage meeting update

Forage meetings have been scheduled with the Midwest Forage Association for the following locations:
Feb 3 at Floodwood in NE Mn; Feb 4 at the El Passo in St. Joseph in Central Mn; Feb 5 in SE MN.

The U of M Extension Forage Team is making plans for 3 forage workshop including sites at Bagley, Hutchinson, Rushford.

Farm bill dairy and crop information update


The MPP Dairy Program enrollment deadline is December 5.

A video of the FSA/Extension presentation is posted at MN Extension Farm Bill

Select "Start Dairy MPP Education" and then "Introduction and Handouts" and use the "Next" box to work through the program.


FARM BILL CROP MEETINGS will be held for Farmers starting the first week of December and running through mid-January. For example:

Todd Co. at the Browerville Community Center, Monday Dec. 15 12:30 to 3 p.m.
Stearns Co. at the Freeport Community Center, Tuesday Dec. 16 12:30 to 3 pm.
Meeker Co. at Eagles Club in Litchfield, Wed. Jan. 15 from 1 to 3:30 P.M.
Morrison Co. at Falls Ballroom, Thursday Jan. 15 from 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Benton/Sherburne at Henry's Catering in Foley, Thursday Jan. 15 1:30 to 4 p.m.

LANDLORDS and FARM OPERATORS have decisions to make with the 2014 Farm Bill Crop Programs. I think you will gain a better grasp on the options by attending one of these workshops - whichever is most convenient to you.

Visit U of M Extension site for farm bill information. Fact sheets are posted there now. Soon there will be links to online worksheets for evaluating options.

The USDA site is
I do find worksheets for looking at the option to adjust crop acre bases and to update yield bases at the USDA Website.
  • Select "USDA Details on the 2014 Farm Bill" in the upper right hand corner
  • You'll find a picture of a Swiss Army Knife and first item on the list will be "Base Allocation, Yield Updates, Price Loss Contract, Ag Risk Coverage"
  • The "Evaluate" section will take you to spreadsheets you can open for evaluating your choices on these items.
U Illinois and Texas A&M got the task of developing worksheets.

The Illinois spreadsheets and related information can be found at

Our U M Extension staff thinks the Illinois site might be better as it updates its material.

The Texas A&M site is
More specific decision aids are found here:

For the Texas A&M site, you login and can set up worksheets for individual farms that can be saved and returned to for edits and changes.
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