Straw prices drop below 5-year average after strong harvest
In August and September, prices for big bale barley straw slipped back below the 5-year average.
Prices have been generally falling this year. At the beginning of 2019, prices for big bale barley straw were down 22% on the previous year. However, at this time, prices were still relatively high, 25% above the 5-year average according to data from the Hay and Straw Merchants Association. Note that prices were at record levels last year. The wet start followed by drought affected crops and straw availability.
The story is similar for wheat straw, with prices still strong at the beginning of the year compared to the 5-year average but down compared to last year. Prices dipped earlier for wheat straw than barley straw and have been level with the 5-year average since July.
This year the harvest was better early on with a dry start and though it rained later on, more straw is available.