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Sauk Centre Hay Auction Summary Nov. 7, 2013

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By Dan Martens, Extension Educator, Stearns-Benton-Morrison Counties
Here's my summary of the Sauk Centre Hay Auction on Nov. 7, 2013.

Lots sold are grouped here by bale type, kind of hay, alfalfa sorted in 25 RFV point groups, grass sorted based on protein. Straw and bedding materials are also listed.

Averages are calculated where it seems appropriated. Look at averages carefully where there are a few loads in a group; and where there is a wide range in price.

Nov 7 2013 SC Hay Auction.pdf  

History of Selected Lots 2013-2014.pdf  Average and range of RFV values and prices for Medium Square Alfalfa in 25 RFV groups from 101 to 200 RFV.

Graph 2001 to 2014 SC Hay Auction.pdf

The Sauk Centre Hay Auction is held on the first and third Thursday of each month through May. The Steffes Hay Auction is held in Litchfield with fall dates on Nov. 26, Dec. 11.

READ MORE FOR INFORMATION ABOUT

-Other sources of Hay Market Information

-Coming Events

By David Nicolai, Coordinator, Institute for Ag Professionals


The three-day Minnesota Crop Pest Management Short Course program starts Tuesday, December 10th with an Update for Technical Service Providers program 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Minnesota Crop Protection Retailers "Nutrients in the Environment and Agricultural Productivity Session" 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM, Pesticide Applicator Recertification: Category H -- Seed Treatment Session 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM. The Crop Pest Management Short Course Educational Sessions will begin on Wednesday, December 11th from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM and continue on Thursday, December 12th from 8:00 AM - 2:20 PM.


Sauk Centre Hay Auction Summary October 17, 2013

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By Dan Martens, Extension Educator, Stearns-Benton-Morrison Counties
I am posting the results of auction held October 17, 2013. The next auction at Sauk Centre is on November 7. I appreciate the Mid-American Quality Tested Hay Auction and Stearns DHIA Lab for sharing information used here.

Lots sold are grouped here by bale type, kind of hay, alfalfa sorted in 25 RFV point groups, grass sorted based on protein. Straw and bedding materials are also listed.

Averages are calculated where it seems appropriated. Look at averages carefully where there are a few loads in a group; and where there is a wide range of price.

Oct 17 2013 SC Hay Auction.pdf

History of Selected Lots 2013-2014.pdf Average and range of RFV values and prices for Medium Square Alfalfa in 25 RFV groups from 101 to 200 RFV. 

Graph 2001 to 2014 SC Hay Auction.pdf  This is a graph of Medium Square Alfalfa in 25 RFV points from 101 to 200.

The Sauk Centre Hay Auction will be held on the first and third Thursday of each month through May. The Steffes Hay Auction is held in Litchfield with fall dates on November 12 & 26, December 11.

Read more for information about
-Straw and Bedding Materials in Short Supply?
-Other sources of Hay Market Information
-Coming Events

John A. Lamb
Nutrient Management Extension Specialist
University of Minnesota

Because of weather, a number of acres of the 2013 sugar beet crop will not be harvested.  It has been a number of years (PIK years) since this many acres have been left un-harvested.  At that time, SMBSC and the University of Minnesota did conduct a number of research studies to answer the main production question:  "What should I do with these fields for next year?" 

By Daniel Kaiser
Fabian Fernandez
John Lamb
Carl Rosen

University of Minnesota Extension Nutrient Management Specialists

The increase number of acres planted to cover crops has raised questions on nitrogen (N) crediting for the 2014 cropping year.  While there are many benefits touted for the use of cover crops, there are a lot of unknowns when determining N credits.  This is especially true for mixes with multiple plant species. 

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