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Oct. 6 Sauk Centre Hay Auction Summary

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

I am attaching my summaries following the October 6, 2016 Sauk Centre Hay Auctions.

1. Oct 6 2016 Summary by groups based on type, bale and quality

2. History of Selected Lots

Shows Averages for each of last 6 years, including the 2015/2016 season. I left the 2010 year on because that’s how far back we go to find prices kind of similar to where we are now.

3. Graph of Selected Alfalfa hay groups.

The 2015/2016 line is hand-drawn yet for summer and fall auctions. I will start a fresh graph after the second October sale. The “vertical line” represents the range of values, High, Average, Low.

There may be some hay around that has been damaged by flooding. Some hay stored outside in some areas has endured a lot of rain. Averages with wide range of values, like $40 to $135 in the Medium Square RFV 151-175 range, may not mean so much. In the list of individual loads, all 6 loads averaged $107, and without the $40 load they averaged $121.

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

It sometimes takes getting into November/December to have a better picture of the market.

The Sauk Centre Hay Auctions continue now through May with sales on the 1st an 3rd Thursday.

The Steffes Auction is held in Litchfield on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays.

There are others.

NE MN Jan. 31 at Floodwood, Central MN Feb. 1, SE MN Feb 2 Rochester


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

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

Look for other crop news on this Minnesota Crop News Website

Please continue to ENCOURAGE a SAFE harvest season. 

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