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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Central MN Hay Auctions April 2018

by Randy Pepin, UMN Extension Educator, Stearns, Benton, and Morrison Counties
pepin019@umn.edu or (320) 333-1369

Keeping up with current hay prices is important for most livestock farmers. We calculate price averages, quality averages, and the corresponding ranges of the various hay lots from recent hay auctions in Sauk Centre, MN. We also keep an updated history of recent years of some selected hay lots and create graphs of four different quality types of medium square alfalfa bales. This is posted every month, about a week after the last auction of the month.

Sauk Centre Hay Auctions: Summaries April 5 and 19, 2018

Auction Summary April 5, 2018 - All tested loads sold, groups based on hay, bale type. & quality.

Auction Summary April 19, 2018 - Same as above.

History of Selected Lots - Averages from recent years, 2018 winter and spring sales through April.

Graph Selected Lots 2011-2018 - Four quality types of medium square alfalfa hay bales. The 2017-18 season is the RED line.

Other Hay Auction Information

UWEX Upper Midwest Summary - Wisconsin Hay Report
http://fyi.uwex.edu/forage/h-m-r

USDA Hay Market Reports - Various auctions around the country.
https://www.ams.usda.gov/market-news/hay-reports

The Sauk Centre, MN (Mid-American) hay auction schedule is the 1st and 3rd Thursdays September through May. During summer: first Thursdays in June, July, and August.

The Litchfield, MN (Steffes) auction is on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays September through May.  During Summer: Tuesdays June 12, July 17, and August 14.

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