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Oct. 5 Sauk Centre Hay Auction

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

Click on Links to my summaries from the Oct. 5, 2017 Sauk Centre Hay Auction.

1. Oct 7, 2017 Summary - All tested loads sold, groups based on hay and bale type and quality.

2. History of Selected Lots. Averages from recent years, and summer and fall sales so far.

3. Graph of Selected Alfalfa hay groups.
The 2016-17 season is the RED line.
I’m marking Summer, Sept, Oct 7 sales with a VERTICAL LINE indicating high, low, average.
I’ll start a 2017-18 new red line after the Oct 21 auction.

Harvest Note: It takes about 0.02 gallons of LPG per point of moisture removal per bushel to dry corn.

Adding Moisture to Silage:
It takes about 7 gallons of water per ton of corn silage to raise the moisture 1%. There is a limit to how much water the crop will absorb readily, and how much water you can pump. Joe Lauer, UW Extension said in an email today, trying to add 5% within the context of this would be a lot to expect. So it’s tough to change moisture much. There is usually more moisture in the bottom of the stalk, so cutting a little lower might help a little - if you're not eating rocks. Cutting a little finer can help with packing, but it is important also to know how rations meet particle size needs.

MFA Winter Forage Workshops are being planned again for:
SE MN January 30
Central MN January 31
     If you have suggestions for topics or speakers, please let me know.
NE MN February 1

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) schedule now is 1st and 3rd Thursdays Sept. through May.
The Litchfield (Steffes) auction is on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays.

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

Please be deliberate about SAFETY around wet fields and grain bins.

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