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Sauk Centre Hay Auction Summary Jan 16, 2014

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

marte011@umn.edu by phone, if a local call to Foley 968-5077 or 1-800-964-4929

This information is for the Sauk Centre Hay Auction held on Jan.16, 2014.

Consider averages carefully when they are based on a limited number of entries, or wide range of numbers. In this summary, I wouldn't consider the average of 2 loads of Medium Square Alfalfa RFV 101-125 to mean much.  

Jan 16 2014 Hay Auction.pdf Individual lots sold, sorted and averaged by type and quality.

History of Selected Lots 2013-2014.pdf A summary of past 4 years and individual auctions so far this year.  

Graph 2001 to 2014 SC Hay Auction.pdf   A line graph of for average from each sale 2001 to 2014 for Medium Square Alfalfa groups from 101 to 200 RFV. Where sale lots are limited, averages might not mean much.

Central MN Winter Forage Workshop Feb 5 at the American Legion in Royalton; at Floodwood Feb 4; at Caledonia Feb 6. Marvin Hall, Penn State Extension Forage Specialist is guest speaker.

Early Registration Discount extended to January 29. "With unpredictable weather and water pipes, please attend if you just get up and the day looks like it will work- always welcome."

Read more for related information and info about coming events

The Southwest Research and Outreach Center (SWROC) in
Lamberton, MN will host Winter Crops and Soils Day Tuesday, February 4 at
Blue Mound Banquet & Meeting Center in Luverne; Wednesday, February 5 at the
SWROC in Lamberton; and Thursday, February 6 at the American Legion in
Granite Falls.

Winter Crops and Soils Day is a public event highlighting
current research that is specific to southwestern
Minnesota.

The program will address a variety of current agricultural production
challenges facing producers. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. with the
workshop running from 9:30 to 2:30.

Topics include water and fertility management, planting strategies to increase corn profitability, corn and soybean profitability on rented ground, insect and weed management and, of course, the weather and climate. Speakers, depending on location are: Dave Bau, Dr. Jeff Coulter, Tom Hoverstad, Dr. Paulo Pagliari, Dr. Mark Seely,
Dr. Jeff Strock, Dr. Kelley Tilmon and Dr. Dennis Todey.

SWROC's Winter Crops and Soils Day is open to the public. The event's $25
registration fee covers handouts and lunch. Pre-registration is required.
Continuing education units for certified crop advisers will be provided in
the areas of Soil and Water (0.5 CEUs), Pest Management (1.0 CEUs),
Professional Development (0.5 CEUs), Nutrient Management (0.5 CEUs) and Crop
Management (1.0 CEUs).

For further information on Winter Crops and Soils Day, please visit the
SWROC's website at http://swroc.cfans.umn.edu or call the SWROC at
507-752-7372.

U of M Extension Crop Events Calendar Available Online

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University of Minnesota Extension has published a Crop Events calendar on Extension's main Crops webpage. Up-to-date information on Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification workshops, conferences and other crops programs are included on this statewide event calendar. For a look at the wide variety of timely, research-based Extension events that are being offered, visit http://z.umn.edu/crops and look for "Upcoming Events."

By: Mike Boersma, Extension Educator, Murray and Pipestone counties


The University of Minnesota Winter Crops Day and Small Grains Program is a great opportunity to hear the latest University-based research and information about corn, soybean, and small grain production. Whether you are a producer or an Ag professional who works with producers, this program is sure to provide relevant and practical information to help you be successful. The morning will focus on various aspects of corn and soybean production while the afternoon will focus on small grain production in southern Minnesota. The program will be held at the Slayton Pizza Ranch on Tuesday, February 25th. Registration will begin at 8:30 am, with the program running from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Sauk Centre Hay Auction Summary Dec 19, Jan 2, 2014

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

marte011@umn.edu by phone if a local call to Foley 968-5077 or 1-800-964-4929

This information is for the Sauk Centre Hay Auction held on Dec. 19, 2013 and Jan. 2, 2014.

Consider averages carefully when they are based on a limited number of entries, or wide range of numbers. NOTE the two averages calculated for Large Round Alfalfa 126 to 150 RFV for the December 19 sale - with and without Lot 972.

Dec 19 2013 SC Hay Auction.pdf  Individual lots sold, sorted and averaged by type and quality.

Jan 2 2014 SC Hay Auction.pdf

History of Selected Lots 2013-2014.pdf A summary of past 4 years and individual auctions this year.  

Graph 2001 to 2014 SC Hay Auction.pdf  A line graph of for average from each sale 2001 to 20014 for Medium Square Alfalfa groups from 101 to 200 RFV. Where sale lots are limited, lines might not mean much.

Regional Forage Workshops: At Floodwood Feb 4; Royalton in Central MN Feb 5 Caledonia Feb 6. The program varies some for each site. More infomation below. Flyers and registration available within the next couple of days. Keynote Speaker: Marvin Hall, Penn State

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