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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Feb. 18 Sauk Centre Hay Auction Summary


by Dan Martens, Extension Educator, Stearns-Benton-Morrison Counties, Crop Systems Focus
marte011@umn.edu; ph 320-968-5077

I am attaching my summaries from the Feb 18 2016 Sauk Centre Hay auctions and links to other hay market info… and noting workshop reminders.

1. Feb 18 2016 Summary - All loads sold, grouped and averaged based on bale and hay or bedding type.

2. History of Selected Lots - averages for recent years, and each sale so far this year, Medium Square Alfalfa by 25 RFV groups, Grass Hay 5-9% Protein, Straw

3. Graph - Medium Square Groups from RFV 101-200. The Red Line is for the 2015-16 market Oct 1 through Feb. 18

Sauk Centre Mid-American Hay Auctions will be held 1st and 3rd Thursdays through May. The Steffes Auction in Litchfield is held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. There are other markets around as well.

Read further for other links to hay market information and coming events.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Cover crops: Economic and environmental management - U of M Production Ag Symposium

Jared Goplen and Matt Pfarr, University of Minnesota

Agricultural producers, crop consultants, ag professionals, and ag researchers are invited to the University of Minnesota where leaders in cover crop research and improvement will discuss the most up-to-date and effective cover crop management strategies. The 3rd Annual University of Minnesota Production Agriculture Symposium will be held at the Northstar Ballroom at the St. Paul Student Center on March 22nd, 2016 from 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM. Registration is free and open to everyone; a lunch will be provided.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Farmers - Get Nitrogen Smart!

Farmers have been exploring new and creative ways to manage nitrogen fertilizer in recent years.  Remote sensing, crop growth models, in-season soil testing and variable rate application technology have all drawn significant interest for the potential to add profit, while reducing environmental impact.  Farmers have had to work diligently to determine the value of these technologies, all while keeping water quality issues in mind. 

Monday, February 15, 2016

Feb, 4 Sauk Centre Hay Auction Summary

by Dan Martens, Extension Educator, Stearns-Benton-Morrison Counties, Crop Systems Focus
marte011@umn.edu; ph 320-968-5077

I am listing links to view my summary information from the Feb 4 2016 Sauk Centre Hay auctions and other hay markets… and some workshop notes.

1. Feb 4 2016 Summary - All loads sold, grouped and averaged based on bale and hay or bedding type.

2. History of Selected Lots - averages for recent years, and each sale so far this year, Medium Square Alfalfa by 25 RFV groups, Grass Hay 5-9% Protein, Straw

3. Graph - Medium Square Groups from RFV 101-200. The Red Line is for the 2015-16 market Oct 1 through Feb. 4.

Sauk Centre Mid-American Hay Auctions will be held 1st and 3rd Thursdays through May. The Steffes Auction in Litchfield is held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. There are other markets around as well.

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