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Sept. 2016 Sauk Centre Hay Auction Summaries

by Extension Educator Dan Martens, Stearns-Benton-Morrison Counties,, 320-968-5077

I have posted information for the August and September Sauk Centre Hay Auctions with the following links:

1. Aug 4 Summary - List of individual lots sold by groups based on type, bale and quality
2. Sept 1 Summary
3. Sept 15 Summary
4. History of Selected Lots October 2015 through September 2016
5. Graph of Selected Alfalfa hay groups.

The summer and September lines on the graph are drawn by hand, with number of loads noted. The vertical line for each sale represents the range of values, High, Average, Low.

Read further for a couple of observations and related information.

I don’t expect small load numbers to tell the whole story in the market place. Hay quality could be quite variable with the challenge of putting up dry hay this summer. There is some hay around now that is damaged also by flooding.

I encourage people to look at other sources of market information, a couple are noted below.

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 with what was there that day. Buyers and sellers continue to evaluate their needs and budgets in making their next decisions in the market place.

The Sauk Centre Hay Auctions continue now through May with sales on the 1st an 3rd Thursdays.
The Steffes Auction is held in Litchfield on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays.
There are others.

The Midwest Forage Association will work with local forage councils and Extension staff on 3 winter forage meetings again this year: Tuesday Jan. 31 likely in the Rochester area, Wednesday Feb. 1 in our Central area around St. Cloud, and Thursday Feb. 2 in the northeast at Floodwood.
PLEASE let me know of any suggestions for topics, speakers.

"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 here at the Minnesota Crop News Website

PLEASE continue to work intentionally through a SAFE fall harvest and encourage neighbors to do the same. 

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