A lot depends on the next few weeks - we might end up with a lot of spring barley drilled. Or if it stays unsettled we might not. A lot of the winter crops here in Lincolnshire look unpromising at the moment - can't see yields of corn or straw being exciting.
At the moment straw is still cheap - if you have storage I would buy a few loads now
The few people I buy it off reckon it will be short later this year next year. They expect to have a bigger carryover than usual and haven’t shifted as much as usual but think it will be better than money in the bank. A lot of land not drilled in autumn some that was has a bad strike. A lot of winter seed could have been used up until February but it’s been too wet. Some have tried but looked rough. Spring crops won’t yield as much. Probably in short supply to some degree but there is less stock about. Might depend on the burners
my supplier is all drilled up and in his area they are at 90% but I would guess there will be a price rise as there already has but whether it will rise as bad as the other year is any ones guess there will be some carry over there will be some losses its place your bets time
East Anglia will have normal amount of straw, and most is normally chopped.
If the price is right the choppers can stay out of use....but arable farmers have their own idea about what straw / hassle is worth to them and its often more than the trade thinks. Obviously.
The less obvious problem is how much mole-draining / compaction damage repair etc will need to be done after this wet year and to what extent that impacts the chop / sell decision.
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