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Feb, 4 Sauk Centre Hay Auction Summary

by Dan Martens, Extension Educator, Stearns-Benton-Morrison Counties, Crop Systems Focus; 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.

Look for other crop news on this Minnesota Crop News Website.


"Weekly Hay Market Demand and Price Report for the Upper Midwest" that is put together by Ken Barnett, UW Extension.

USDA Hay Market Reports - Look for “Hay” down the center of the page.


Barriers to Bushels – Corn/ Soybean Workshop - Little Falls, Tuesday Feb. 16, Cabin Fever Restaurant, 9:30 -2:30, $30 registration at the door. UM Extension Faculty will address weed, insect, disease and fertilizer strategies and questions you have.

Wheat Production Workshop in Cold Spring – Wednesday, Feb. 17 at the Blue Heron, from 10:30 to 2:30. Call Joe at Cold Spring Cooperative to help with meal counts, 320-980-2915.

Women in Agriculture Conference -  Thursday, Feb. 18 at Kelly Inn in St. Cloud, 9:30 to 3:00. Call the Willmar Regional Extension Office at 320-235-0726 or Extension Educator Emily Wilmes in Stearns, Benton and Morrison Counties at 320-255-6169.

Irrigation Association of Minnesota – annual meeting and conference, Thursday February 18, Freeport Community Center, 9:30 to 2:15. Register at the door.

Forages for U” workshop, Friday, February 19 at Rochester, MN
Go to for more information.

Nitrogen Smart Workshops” - St. Cloud, Friday March 4, 9 a.m. to Noon, River’s Edge Convention Center, sponsored by Minnesota Corn Growers and Minnesota Agricultural Water Resources Center. Similar workshops will be held at Fergus Falls, Willmar, Crookston, Lamberton, Waseca, Farmington, and Rochester. Location Details can be found at For more information you can also contact Brad Carlson,, 507-389-6745 or Extension Educator Dan Martens in Stearns, Benton and Morrison Counties at 320-968-5077.

Private Pesticide Applicator Renewal Workshops - Check flyers mailed earlier for details about workshops scheduled from now through February. Remaining sites in central MN include, Cambridge, Friday, Feb. 19, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Anoka Ramsey Community College, Door 3 or 4; and Foley, Thursday, Feb. 25, 12:30 to 4 p.m. at Henry’s Catering.

Please continue to make winter SAFETY a part of your work and activities. Tune to local radio, call Counties where events are located, or call the U of M Extension Farm information line for info on CHANGES DUE TO WEATHER…1-800-2332-9077. Do what makes sense to you. There’s not much going on that’s worth taking a roll in a ditch.

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