By Dan Martens
This information is from the Sauk Centre Hay Auction held on February 7, 2013. I am posting three reports:
Feb 7 2013 SC Hay Auction.pdf... A list of all tested hay lots and bedding materials sold ... grouped by kind of hay, RFV and type of bale ... cost per pound of dry matter and cost per RFV point are calculated.
History of Selected Lots 2012 2013.pdf ... A summary of auctions held this year: Medium Square Alfalfa 101 to 200 RFV divided in 25 point groups, and bedding material.
Graph 2001 to 2013 SC Hay Auction.pdf ... A line graph of auction seasons from 2001 to 2010
You can look at USDA Hay Market Reports at http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/LSMNpubs. Click on "Livestock, Poultry and Grain News" in the middle of the page... and then Click on "Hay" in the middle of the next page.
Ken Barnett, U Wisconsin Extension posts a useful Upper Midwest Hay prices summary at Weekly Hay Prices
Read more for information about three Workshops on Manure Nutrient Management and Alfalfa nitrogen credits for corn following alfalfa in the crop rotation.
Manure and alfalfa credits nutrient management workshops
March 8, 19,20 Little Falls, Foley, Melrose
We are working with Randy Pepin, Extension Educator working now with nutrient management projects... and Jeff Coulter state Extension corn agronomist to offer these three workshops.
Randy will lead a discussion about "making the best of manure nutrients" working with the idea of using "grid soil sampling" data as clues to opportunity to make better decisions about manure applications. This is based on "on-farm case studies" looking at grid sampling information. The discussion might be particularly useful for
- people who are in beginning stages of looking at ways to make better use of manure
- people who have used grid sampling for other purposes and can use the information for manure decisions
- people who haven't thought much about grid sampling because they spread a lot of manure
- people who like kicking manure management concepts around to see what might be learned
- crop advisors and agency staff who work around these issues
Jeff Coulter will lead discussion based on work he has been part of for the last 3-4 years looking at nitrogen available for a corn crop following alfalfa in crop rotations. This work is giving us better information on where we can rely on the standard 150 pounds of available N for the corn crop after alfalfa; and where we might need to make some adjustments to that. Your observations about this can help to shape future efforts to tune these guidelines more effectively for Minnesota. Jeff will also be able to share some ideas about how we think about 2nd year nitrogen credits.
All three workshops will start with registration at 9:30 a.m. The workshop starts at 10 a.m. with lunch about noon and adjourn about 2 p.m. Randy will offer his discussion in the morning and Jeff will work after lunch. Jeff will be at the Little Falls and Melrose workshops. I will share a summary of Jeff's work at Foley and then the Benton SWCD staff will share information about a couple of their nutrient management field trials.
We request (but not required) RSVP for planning food. Registration will be free for the first 30 RSVP's and $5 after the first 30 at each site. Call me at 1-800-964-4929 or 968-5077 if a local call to Foley for more information or to register.
Where are the workshops held?
In Little Falls at the Initiative Foundation building 405 1st Street South
In Foley at Mr. Jim's along Hwy 23 on the east side of town
In Melrose at Cornerstone Restaurant, 223 SE Kraft Drive