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Sauk Centre Hay Auction Feb. 19, 2015

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


February 19, 2015 SC Hay Auction 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 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 based on 25 RFV 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.

Continue Reading for more information about
Hay Markets
Farm Bill Crop Information Resources

The Mid American Hay Auction at Sauk Centre are held September through May on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, except New Year’s Day. The Steffes Auction in Litchfield runs the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays.

"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.


Last Week’s News, the deadline for updating yields and re-allocating crop bases has been extended to March 31, the same deadline for making PLC / ARC program choices.

The U of M Extension site for farm bill information is
The workshop video is posted there now, along with meeting handouts, fact sheets, and links to worksheets for evaluating options.

The USDA site is
Worksheets for evaluating options are posted here also.
In the upper right hand corner “UDSA Details on the 2014 Farm Bill”
You’ll find a picture of a Swiss Army Knife and first 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.

Let's Aim for Safety on Roads and with other activities through the next few weeks of  "Season Transitions." I'm still trying to learn the virtue of patience.
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