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June July Aug Hay Auction Summaries, Sauk Centre

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

Links are noted for Information Listed:

1. June 1 Hay Auction Summary - All tested loads sold, groups based on hay and bale type and quality.

2. July 6 Hay Auction Summary - Some lots in a group have the same test results. It might be that 2 or 3 loads came from the same field and one test was taken for them.

3. Aug 3 Hay Auction Summary

4. History of Selected Lots - INCLUDES AVERAGES FOR SEPT 2016 through MAY 2017, along with some previous years.

5. Graph of Selected Alfalfa hay groups.

The 2016-17 season is the RED line now.
I marked the June, July, August markets with a VERTICAL LINE indicating high, low, average.
Read more for other market sources, a Corn Silage Note, Note on an Extension Beef Tour in Morrison County Sept 6, and a Strip Till Expo Sept 6 near Fergus Falls.
Compare this auction information to other market information sources listed below. Remember your livestock and crop budgets are the key to what you pay or accept for hay you need or have. 

CORN SILAGE BURN-DOWN NOTE: There are reports from a couple “Burn-down” moisture testing events where corn silage tested drier than what grain development stage might indicate – where there was not drought stress. Other stress like hail, stalk rot, poor root development, & leaf disease can change normal patterns for whole plant moisture. Drought stressed corn is sometimes wetter than you might expect. It’s a good time of year to take a closer look at your crops.

UWEX Upper Midwest Summary

USDA Hay Market Reports - Look for “Hay” down the center of the page.
I usually also look at the reports from East River SD (USDA Survey), Pipestone MN market, Rock Valley IA market (SE of Sioux Falls), Corsica South Dakota (SW of Sioux Falls).

The Sauk Centre (Mid-American) auction schedule should resume to 1st and 3rd Thursdays in September.

The Litchfield (Steffes) auction on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays.


Extension Beef Tour at Zapzalka farm near Little Falls Wednesday Sept 6 5:30 p.m. features feeding dairy steers. Call Emily Wilmes at 320-255-6169

Strip Till Expo near Fergus Falls Wednesday Sept. 5 9:30 to about 2:30. or call Jodi Dejong Hughes at 320-815-4112

Look for other crop news here at the Minnesota Crop News Website

Please prepare and plan for a SAFE fall harvest season.

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