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Late Planting of Small Grains

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As the month of April draws to a close, little if any field work has been started across Minnesota. As of this past Monday, the National Agricultural Statistics Service reported that only four percent of the oat and no spring wheat had been planted. With the immediate forecast not looking particular encouraging, it appears that most of the small grains acreage will be seeded past the optimum planting window.

The link below points to a Minnesota Crop News article that summarizes the effects of planting wheat, barley and oats past the optimum planting window:

Late Planting of Small Grains

Sauk Centre Hay Auction Report March 17, 2011

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By Dan Martens, Extension Educator, Stearns-Benton-Morrison Counties
The information posted here is from the Sauk Centre Hay Auction held on March 17, 2011. Thanks to the Mid American Auction Co. and the Stearns DHIA Association for sharing information that is used to create these reports report. I am posting three items.

SC Hay Auction 03 17 2011.pdf   A list of all tested hay lots and bedding materials sold ... grouped by kind of hay and type of bale .... cost per pound of dry matter and cost per RFV point

History of Select Lots 2010 2011.pdf   A summary of auction held this year of Medium Square Alfalfa from 101 to 200 RFV in 25 point groups and straw bedding, average and range of values

Graphs Med Sq Alf 2001 to 2011.pdf  A line graph of auction seasons from 2001 to 2011. The bold red line is the auction for 2010 2011 so farm. The March 17 average price is just a mark because data is not available from March 3 at this time. There were no loads of Med Sq Alf in the 175 to 200 RFV group.
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