This information is for the Sauk Centre Hay Auction held on March 20, 2014.
Here are the reports:
March 20 2014 SC Hay Auction.pdf Individual lots sold are sorted and averaged by type and quality.
History of Selected Lots 2013-2014.pdfA 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.
Please note that there was only ONE load of "Medium" Square Alfalfa in the 176-200 RFV group and it sold for $260/T. There were 4 loads of "Large" Square Alfalfa in the 176-200 RFV group that averaged $221, ranging from $210 to 230. So you can think about whether that weighs into how you think about the $260 price on the line graph. As noted before, think carefully about averages.
There were 2 small loads of small square bales of straw that sold for $3.50 and $3.75 per bale for 52 and 106 bales. Will it be a better year for small grain where the snow is melted and we might be able to plant small grain earlier than last year?
"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.