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May 4, 2017 Hay Auction and Alfalfa Harvest Alert Data

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

Use links to my summaries from the May 4, 2017 Sauk Centre Hay Auction... AND... Alfalfa Harvest Alert Scissors Cut Data obtained through the end of the day May 11.

1. May 4, 2017 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.
     Took a bit of a rebound on May 4.

4. Alfalfa Harvest Alert Data through May 11 so far and updated May 12, 5:30 p.m.

Continue reading for other sources of hay market information, an alfalfa notes.

I will share results as I have in the past:
Through an email list I maintain.
Minnesota Crop News Website here
KASM Radio 1150 AM Albany
KLTF Radio 960 AM Little Falls
Voice Mailbox 1-800-964-4929 and enter 5081 when it answers, or local call to Foley 968-5081 – Hope to have this available May 15 or 16.
Please call with questions or suggestions.

Thanks so far to sponsors and cooperators list in the linked summary. Others may be added along the way.
Some alfalfa is really humming along. Take a break from other work and check occasionally. One sample thought they might see buds before long. Some fields are slower and uneven because they are warming up yet. Some are slow and uneven because of winter injury or other stress from previous growing seasons.


The Sauk Centre Hay Auctions continue now through May on 1st and 3rd Thursday. Next Sale Thursday May 18.

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

Please continue to make safety a priority in your work and other activities.

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