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Sauk Centre Hay Market Summaries March/April

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

Here are links to my summaries from the Sauk Centre Hay Auction for March and April 2017. Click on date or item underlined to see reports.

1. March 2, 2017 Summary- All tested loads sold, groups based on hay and bale type and quality

2. March 16, 2017

3. April 6, 2017

4. April 20, 2017

5. History of Selected Lots past 6 years and each sale this year.

6. Graph of Selected Alfalfa hay groups.
    The 2016-17 season is the RED line.

7. Check other Minnesota Crop News article here for discussion about Alfalfa Winter Survival and other current topics.
YouTube fans can check out a Dan Undersander discussion on “Alfalfa Assessment” at:

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


Minnesota and County Alfalfa and Other Hay Yields, Acres and Production for 2016 are posted now at the MN Ag Statistics Website: Click County Estimates Once again Stearns County is the largest producers of alfalfa and Morrison County is the largest producer of "Other Hay" and that mostly means grass.

The Sauk Centre Hay Auctions continue now through May on 1st and 3rd Thursday. Next Sale Thursday May 4.

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

There are others.

We are making plans for this project similar to previous years. Please let me know of questions or suggestions. Fields could vary some with how they came through the winter. Keep and eye on your fields.


"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.

Continue to make Safety a Priority with the spring work - as the weather allows.

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