As the harvest moves into its final phase, straw is now really starting to move. Barley acreage is back, straw yields are down by between 10% and 20% on last year. This has reduced availability, leaving users scrambling to secure supplies.

Earlier in the year it looked like demand for straw would be minimal, but bad weather hindered hay saving and farmers are trying to secure other sources of fodder. Straw users seem to want to fill their sheds at harvest this year and some have already ordered barley straw for later in the year.