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Jan. 5/19 & Feb. 2 Sauk Centre Hay Auction

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

See links to my summaries from Jan. 5 & 19 and Feb. 2, 2017 Sauk Centre Hay Auction
1. Jan. 5, 2017 Summary- All tested loads sold, groups based on hay and bale type and quality
2. Jan. 19, 2017 Summary
3. Feb. 2, 2017 Summary
4. History of Selected Lots
5 Graph of Selected Alfalfa hay groups.
              The 2016-17 season is the RED line now.

Continue reading for other sources of hay market information, related notes, and calendar reminders...

On February 2, It is interesting to see 2 loads of Large Round Corn Stalks sold “by the ton.”

The straw sold by the tons include two sets of numbers, 4 loads excluding a $25/ton load average $70, and 5 loads including the $25/ton load averaged $81.

2 Loads of straw where noted as “Rotary” combined.

The Sauk Centre Hay Auctions continue now through May on 1st and 3rd Thursday. Next Sale Th. Feb. 16.

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

There are others.

"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

Helena Chemical at Royalton for sponsoring hall rental.
Farmers and Merchants Bank at Sauk Rapids, Pierz, Eden Valley for morning pastries and juice.
Farm Panel including Dean Klaverkamp, Steve and Travis Kahl, Tom Gregory.
MFA Corporate sponsors, MFA, CMFC, and all who came to participate in the discussion.
Congratulations to Bruce Olson, recognized with the MFA “Pacesetter Award.”

Feb. 16, Mankato, UM Extension Nitrogen Management Conference
Feb. 16, Buffalo, Wright County Courthouse, 9 a.m. Private Pesticide Applicator Renewal Workshop
Feb. 16, Freeport Community Center, Irrigation Association of Minnesota state meeting and conference.
Feb. 21, Pierz, 5:30 p.m. Extension Cow/Calf Workshop, call Emily Wilmes at 320-255-6169
Feb. 23, Foley, 12:30, Private Pesticide Applicator Renewal Workshop
Feb. 28, Royalton, Benton SWCD Irrigation Workshop
Feb. 28-March 2, St. Cloud Farm Show

I hear discussions with concern about how alfalfa might come through the winter. There are some ice ponds. Some top soil might have thawed during warm weather 2-3 weeks ago and froze up again. This could create some concern for snapping roots anchored deeper in frozen soil and lifting crowns. 
Freezed thaw cycles are usually more of a problem in southern MN and Southern WI. It remains to be seen how the transition to spring unfolds. Farmers know more than a lot of people about having plans for A, B & C. Thanks for all you do!

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