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Sauk Centre Hay Auction Report Jan. 19, 2012

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By Dan Martens, Extension Educator, Stearns-Benton-Morrison Counties

I am posting three items based on information from the January 19 Hay Auction at Sauk Centre:

Jan 19 2012 SC Hay Auction.pdf... A list of all tested hay lots and bedding materials sold... grouped by kind of hay, RFV in 25 point groups, and type of bale ... cost per pound of dry matter and cost per point RFV are calculated.

History of Selected Lots 2011 2012.pdf ... Average and Range of RFV values and prices for Medium Square Alfalfa in 25 RFV groups from 101 to 200 RFV. This included the average through each of the last 4 years and each auction so far this year. Medium Square Straw also listed.

Graph SC Hay Auction 2001-2012.pdf .... Line graphs fro markets fo Medium Square Alfalfa by 25 RFV groups. This year's line is a bold gold line. Dotted lines indicate and in-between sale did not hay hay in this group.

Read further from information about:
4 Regional Forage Production Workshops, Feb 6-9, in Rochester, Lamberton, Greenwald and Cromwell.

Other Hay Market Information

Conservation Tillage Conference, Rochester MN, Feb 7-8 2012

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Learn how conservation tillage can save soil, time, fuel -- and money.

University of Minnesota Extension will host the seventh annual Conservation Tillage Conference and tradeshow Feb. 7 and 8, at the International Event Center in Rochester, MN.

The day-and-a-half-long conference will provide practical, how-to information on nearly every aspect of conservation tillage. Learn how conservation tillage can save soil, time, fuel -- and money. Besides saving valuable soil resources, conservation tillage has been proven to save $25-45/ac in tillage costs. And that's not including your time.

The day-and-a-half-long conference will provide practical, how-to information on nearly every aspect of conservation tillage.

"Whether you are an experienced steward looking to fine-tune what you are doing, a crop consultant who helps growers, or a novice looking to get your feet wet, you should put this conference on your calendar now," says Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Minnesota Extension tillage specialist and conference coordinator.

Experts from the University of Minnesota, neighboring states will present the results of extensive research comparing tillage systems, including strip tillage. In addition, experienced conservation tillage farmers will answer questions and provide management tips.

Conference topics include:


  • Precision Ag solutions

  • Weed species shift and control

  • Nutrient management in high residue systems

  • Strip intercropping management

  • Soil health with reduced till systems

  • Vendor Sessions: Learn about new equipment, cover crops and technology


The popular "Farmer Panel" will be back again, offering practical insights and management tips from experienced northern strip tillers and ridge tillers.

Also back is "Beer & Bull," your chance to pick the brains of other farmers, consultants and researchers in a relaxed, informal setting.

The conference will open with a provocative keynote speech from Robert Recker: "Yield, Profitability, and Sustainability: Where to go from here?" Bob is the owner of Cedar Valley Innovation and a retired John Deere engineer, researching strip intercropping. He studies corn growth on a row by row basis trying to unlock the secrets of using technology and the sun to farm smarter.

The Conservation Tillage Conference runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tues., Feb. 7th, and from 8:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 8th. The tradeshow will be open both days.

The registration fee is $150 per person, which includes nine continuing education units (CEUs). An early bird fee of $120 per person is offered for those registering by Jan. 25, 2012.

More information, including schedules, maps, contacts and exhibitor registration is available at www.TillageConference.com. Or contact Jodi DeJong-Hughes at 320-815-4112 or dejon003@umn.edu.

Sauk Centre Hay Auction Report Jan. 5 2012

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by Dan Martens
This information is from the Sauk Centre Hay Auction held on January 5, 2012. I am posting three items:
Jan 5 2012 SC Hay Auction.pdf ... A list of all tested hay lots and bedding materials sold... grouped by kind of hay, type of bale, 25 RFV points with calculations for averages, cost per RFV point, and cost per pound of dry matter.

History of Selected Lots 2011 2012.pdf ... A summary of auctions held for the last for years and for individual auctions this season: Medium Square Alfalfa 101 to 200 RFV in 25 point groups, and medium square straw.

Graph SC Hay Auction 2001-2012.pdf ... A line graph of auction seasons from 2001 to 2012

Read more for information about:
- Other sources of hay market information
- 4 Regional Winter Forage Workshops

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousands words. The photo below of the winter wheat variety trial on the Northwest Research & Outreach Center was taken yesterday afternoon as temperatures were a balmy 39F. The warm temperatures over the past few days have melted the little snow we have had in the surrounding fields. The winter wheat trial was still blanketed, thereby protecting the seedlings.

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By Bruce Potter

Lamberton, MN.  - ­ On Wednesday, February 1, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the Southwest Research and Outreach Center (SWROC) in Lamberton, MN will host Winter Crops and Soils Day. Winter Crops and Soils Day is a public event highlighting current University of Minnesota research that is specific to southwestern Minnesota.  Leading experts from the University will be on hand to present information and answer questions.

Sauk Centre Hay Auctions Nov 17 to Dec 15

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by Dan Martens, Extension Educator in Stearns-Benton-Morrison Counties

I am posting summary of all tested hay lots and bedding materials sold on Nov. 17, Dec. 1, Dec. 15... grouped by kind of hay, type of bale, hay by 25 RFV points, grass by protein groups. Consider average carefully when based on a limited number of entries.

It doesn't take rocket science to say hay prices are higher this year compared to last year. Medium Square straw bales are running mostly in a $20 to $40 per bale range.

Nov 17 2011 SC Hay Auction.pdf
Dec 1 2011 SC Hay Auction.pdf
Dec 15 2011 SC Hay Auction.pdf
History of Selected Lots 2011 2012.pdf   A summary of averages and ranges for the last 4 years and for individual auction so far this year ... for Medium Square Alfalfa from 101-200 RFV in 25 point groups... and medium square straw
Graph SC Hay Auction 2001-2012.pdf  A line graph of auctions through the seasons from 2001 to 2012 for Medium Square Alfalfa in 25 RFV point groups.






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