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May 5 Hay Auction and Scissors Cut Data

by Dan Martens, Extension Educator, Crop Production Focus, Stearns-Benton-Morrison Counties, 1-800-964-4929 or 968-6450 if a local call to Foley

Link here for Summaries from May 5, 2016 Sauk Centre Hay Auction
AND Alfalfa Scissors Cut Harvest Alert Data so far from the week ending May 6

Small quantity at sale May 5 - maybe reflects good field work conditions, maybe for buyers and sellers, so you can figure whether it’s a useful indicator of the markets. 
  1. May 5 Summary - All loads sold, grouped and averaged based on bale and hay or bedding type. 
From past Auctions that had not been posted yet:
  1. April 7 Summary
  2. April 21 Summary
  3. 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
  4. Graph - Medium Square Groups from RFV 101-200. The Red Line is for the 2015-16 market Oct 1 through April 21.
  5. May 6 ALFALFA HARVEST ALERT DATA so far from week ending May 6

Sauk Centre Mid-American Hay Auctions will be held 1st and 3rd Thursdays through May, next sale May 19. The Steffes Auction in Litchfield is held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. There are other markets around as well.

Arrangements are being made similar to past years.

Information will be posted here over the next 2-3 weeks. I will also post a recorded message that can be heard at 1-800-964-4929 or if a local call to Foley. I will share reports with KASM 1150 AM and KLTF 960 AM. We’ll sample more fields as they get to be about 16 inches tall. Some other counties might circulate info through other channels. You’re welcome to share as you like.

Look for other crop news at the Minnesota Crop News Website
Note: BLACK CUTWORM trap catches might be of interest to people in the southwest 1/4 to 1/3 of Minnesota - maybe from Big Stone to Meeker and Sibley and south and west. There could be issues in fields. Article posted here at MN Crop News. 

Note: SMALL GRAIN APHIDS coming up on southern winds may be issue for carrying Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus. Article posted here at MN Crop News. 

"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.

Please make SAFETY a priority with continued spring work and in getting ready for hay harvest.
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