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Dec. 15 Sauk Centre Hay Auction

by Dan Martens, Extension Educator, Stearns-Benton-Morrison Counties, 320-968-5077 or 1-800-964-4929,

See links note to my summaries from Dec 15, 2016 Sauk Centre Hay Auction

1. Dec. 15, 2016 Summary - All tested loads sold, groups based on hay and bale type and quality

2. History of Selected Lots

3. Graph of Selected Alfalfa hay groups.

The 2016-17 season is the RED line now. The 176-200 RFV Group only had 1 load, so may not mean much. In the summary of all tested lots, there were 4 Medium Square Alfalfa Loads that tested from 201-211 that sold for $94-145, average at $130.

The Sauk Centre Hay Auctions continue now through May on 1st and 3rd Thursday. Next Sale Th. Jan. 5.
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 at Royalton VFW, SE MN Feb 2 Rochester. Flyers will be mailed and posted at the Midwest Forage Association website early in January.

"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 here at the Minnesota Crop News Website

Jan. 10, T, 9:30-3:30 – Extension Survive & Thrive workshop, Arranged and sponsored by AgStar Financial Services at Waite Park American Legion. Evaluating Balance Sheet, Income Statements, Cash Flow. RSVP by calling Ag Star Financial Services, 866-577-1831. Space is limited. You can check for other locations of this workshop at

PPAT Renewal Workshop will be offered again this year from Mid January to end of February. Post cards and flyers are being mailed. The full schedule of workshops will be posted eventually at . I’ll note here some Central MN dates to watch for: Litchfield Jan.17, Cold Spring Jan. 19, Morris Jan 24, Little Falls Jan. 27, Willmar Jan. 30, Elrosa Feb. 2, Holdingford Feb. 9, Buffalo Feb. 16, Cambridge Feb. 17, Foley Feb. 23.

Please make safety a priority in the winter travel season. 

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