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March 3 Sauk Centre Hay Auction Summary

by Dan Martens, Extension Educator, Stearns-Benton-Morrison Counties, Crop Systems Focus; ph 320-968-5077

I am attaching my summaries for the March 3, 2016 Sauk Centre Hay auction.

1. March 3, 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 March 3.

I don’t remember and auction where I’ve seen as many “outliers” – a load or two in a group that either sold way higher than the rest or way lower. On the graph, the 175-200 RFV group looks like that price dropped some, but if I took out the low load, the other 3 would average very much like the last auction.
Feb 18, 6 Loads RFV 175-200 sold at $105, 155, 160, 170, 170, 185.
Mar 3, 4 Loads RFV 175-200 sold at $95, 135, 140, 185.
Mar 3, a load listed as 4th cutting grass with 25% protein and 13.5 moisture sold for $170. That was a unique load of hay

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 at the 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.


If you’re serious about COVER CROPS, a Cover Crop Research Symposium is being held the UM ST. Paul Campus on Tuesday March 22. You can find more info about this at the MN Crop News site listed earlier.

Please prepare for a SAFE spring work season.

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