An auction company has extended its sales season through August after dairy-quality alfalfa prices hit $375/ton and higher through May in the Upper Midwest.

Extremely strong regional demand, brought about by short carryover supplies and a late start to the 2013 hay-harvest season, led Mid-American Auction Co., Inc., Sauk Centre, MN, to add to its sales schedule. Most years, its sales are held the first and third Thursday of each month from September through May.

“Ordinarily, the week before Memorial Day is when most people get going on their first cutting here,” says Kevin Winter, Mid-American auctioneer. “This year, though, there was nothing going on at that time. It looks like some people will finally be able to get going this week. We see the summer sales as a way of helping people out.”

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The alfalfa crop in the immediate area looks to be in good shape. “All we need is some heat to make it stretch out a bit,” says Winter. “We didn’t have as much of a winterkill problem here as they did 60-70 miles to the east and south.”

Auction prices remained strong through May. “Any decent dairy hay” brought $275-375/ton at the May 2 auction, he reports. “A few select loads went for more than that.”  Grass hay fetched $200-300/ton.

Summer auctions are set for June 6, July 11 and Aug. 1. All sales will begin at 12:30 p.m. See recent sale results.

To contact Winter, call 320-760-1593 or email

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