Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Agricultural Department at Sedgemoor Auction Centre, reported another sizeable entry of 3,185 acres of standing straw being sold over two evenings as an online auction.

Both evening online auctions saw a large number of bids which led to some fantastic prices being achieved. The following averages were obtained at the sales:

West of TauntonEast of Taunton
Winter Barley £66/acre£118/acre
Winter Wheat £89/acre£97/acre
Winter Oats £63/acre£74/acre
Spring Barley £58/acre£74/acre
Winter Oilseed Rape £62/acre£40/acre

All vendors were well rewarded for entering standing straw into the sales. The auction produced results beyond expectations, with winter barley topping at a whopping £148/acre, winter wheat reaching £132/acre, winter oats reaching £94/acre and winter oilseed rape realising £76/acre.

Auctioneer Tom Mellor commented after the sales “The challenging wet winter conditions that arable farmers experienced in 2019/2020 meant that the acreage of winter cereal crops sown in the south west, and nationally, was down dramatically. Despite the weight of straw crops looking lighter than previous years, the prices achieved are far higher. The averages realised are roughly 60% higher than last year, which taking in to account some vendors suggested their crops were 25% lighter this season, the straw crop value has jumped considerably on the year”.

If any farmers are looking to see what the auction system can offer them next season they are welcome to contact Tom Mellor or Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Agricultural Team to discuss matters. Tel: 01278 410250 or
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