Straw prices fall as the barley harvest gets underway

There have been significant falls in barley straw prices in some parts of Britain in the past week as the barley harvest got underway in earnest.

The British Hay & Straw Merchants’ Association reported that its members ex-farm buying in prices for barley straw fell by £16/t to £45 in the South; £12/t to £48 in the North-east; £5/t to £40 in the South-east; and £3/t to £45 in the East Midlands.

The availability of new-season barley also resulted in wheat straw falling £11/t to £35 ex-farm in the South and £10/t to £40 in the North-east.

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