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February Hay Auction Summaries from Sauk Centre

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

Attached: My summaries from the February 1 and 15, 2018 Sauk Centre Hay Auctions

1. Feb 1 2018 Summary - All tested loads sold, groups based on hay and bale type and quality.

2. Feb 15 2018 Summary - Same format.

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

4. Graph of Selected Alfalfa hay groups.
             The 2017-18 season is the RED line.


UWEX Upper Midwest Summary

USDA Hay Market Reports - Look for “Hay” down the center of the page.

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. There are other hay markets

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

           “Nitrogen Smart” Meetings conducted by UM Extension and with support of Minnesota Corn Growers and MN Ag Water Resources Center… at 9 location including March 1/Rosemount; 2/Monticello; 5/Foley; 12/Olivia; 13/North Mankato; 16/Cologne; 20/Ellendale; 27/Perham; 28/Ada. Check
            This is a three hour workshop that offers discussion about different forms of nitrogen, stabilizers and inhibitor, how nitrogen changes in the soil, how plant use works, AND management practices to put the pieces together to maximize efficient use of nitrogen and minimize losses that cost the farmer money and increase risk for other issues. 

Please be careful with icy conditions that can be common this time of year on roads, sidewalks, parking lots, homes, and farm yards. Spring snow can be heavy and taxing to work with.

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