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June 2, 2016 Sauk Centre Hay Auction Summary

by Dan Martens, Extension Educator, Stearns-Benton-Morrison Counties, Crop Production,, 3200-968-5077.

1. June 2 Summary by groups based on type, bale and quality.

2. History of Selected Lots through the auction season this year.

3. Graph of Selected Alfalfa hay groups.

June 2 graph drawn by hand, with number of loads noted. The Vertical line represents the range of values, High, Average, Low.

4. Summer Dairy Tour Flyer attached, including a note about our Central MN Forage Council summer forage tour/workshop.

I’d consider the hay markets kind of in a state of flux. Other sources of market information can be useful. A couple are listed below. Load numbers, variable quality, prices for other commodities and livestock produce can be factors. Consider some of these factors as you consider ranges and averages related to the hay you are looking for or aiming to sell.

Remember market reports don’t tell you what you should pay or be paid. It might offer some clues. It tells you what buyers and sellers did at a particular sale or market place. Buyers and sellers continue to evaluate their needs and budgets in making their next decisions in the market place.

The next Sauk Centre Auctions are scheduled for July 7 and August 4.

Steffes in Litchfield July 12 and August 16.

There are others.


"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.

Look for other crop news at the Minnesota Crop News Website

This week’s chances for rain will be significant in some areas that have gotten seriously dry. And we all hope to miss hail or storm damage.
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