By Dan Martens, Extension Educator, Stearns-Benton-Morrison Counties
I am posting links here to May 16 and June 6 Hay Auction Summaries for the Mid American Quality Tested Hay Auction at Sauk Centre Minnesota. It shows lots sold, grouped by hay and bale type and quality, along with straw and corn stalks sold.
History of Selected Lots 2012 2013.pdf Medium Square Alfalfa in 25 RFV point groups from 101 to 200 RFV, Grass Hay 5-9% Protein and Medium Square Straw. A "season long average" has been calculated.
Graph 2001 to 2013 SC Hay Auction.pdf Averages of each auction through the season since 2001
Mid-American Hay Auction will conduct an extra auction on July 11 and August 1.
Read further for more information about Hay Markets, Late Planted Forage Options, Etc. Take a look on MN Crop News Articles on Cover Crops, Fallow Syndrome, other 2013 issues.
A couple of other good hay market resources include
"Weekly Hay Market Demand and Price Report for the Upper Midwest" that is put together by Ken Barnett, UW Extension.
USDA Hay Market Reports - Click on Livestock, Poultry and Grain Market News, then look for Hay.
University of Wisconsin Extension has also dealt with this issue over the years. Dan Undersander wrote article in 2008 about trials in Wisconsin similar to the 2002-03 Minnesota Trials. http://www.uwex.edu/ces/forage/articles.htm
Check the Minnesota Crop News articles about Fallow Syndrome and Cover Crops.
Jim Salfer has offered a good Excel Spreadsheet for evaluating for feed needs.
Where counties have agricultural staff, you're welcome to call for assistance with this information. My number is 1-800-964-4929. For counties without Agriculture staff, you're welcome to call the Farm Information Line at 1-800-232-9077.
Information about Late Planting and Alfalfa Winter kill isssues is now linked at the U of M Extension home page under "Extreme Weather" topics. www.extension.umn.edu