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May 21, 2015 Hay Market Summary / June 1 Alfalfa Observations


May 21, 2015 Sauk Centre Hay Auction Summary

By Dan Martens, Extension Educator, Stearns-Benton-Morrison Counties, marte011@umn.edu, 320-968-5077 if a local call to Foley or 1-800-964-4929

…Quite a yo-yo in the market numbers through March-April-May. Click on links highlighted links for the following.

1. May 21, 2015 Summary - All loads sold, grouped and averaged – lots of hay.

2. History of selected lots - averaged for recent years, and each sale so far this year.

3. Graph - Medium Square Groups from RFV 101-200, Grass Hay 5-9% Protein

4. June 1 Alfalfa Harvest Alert Observations

OTHER HAY MARKET REPORTS
"Weekly Hay Market Demand and Price Report for the Upper Midwest" that is put together by Richard Halopka, University of Wisconsin Extension.
http://fyi.uwex.edu/forage/h-m-r

USDA Hay Market Reports - "Click on Livestock, Poultry and Grain Market News", then look for Hay.
http://www.ams.usda.gov/market-news/hay-reports

OTHER CROP NEWS
Check other Minnesota Crop News articles that might be useful to you.

WATCH FOR ALFALFA INSECT ISSUES
Some signs of very small alfalfa weevil larva have been seen in fields. This will be a pest to keep an eye on through second crop harvest, along with potato leafhoppers and plant bugs. Spraying before a threshold is reached raises the odds that you’ll need to spray again; and it doesn’t play well with agriculture’s heritage as good stewards of the land. Thanks for the care you give to land and water.
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