After a prolonged and hard winter, many local farmers had been left with very little or no carry over with which to bolster this year’s bedding supplies. It was expected that the 2018 standing straw prices would in turn ‘jump’ from the previous year, but no one could have predicted just how high that jump would be.

Two evenings of packed rooms and fierce bidding not only resulted in some nail-biting auctions, but also saw some truly exceptional prices being achieved. With around 3,000 acres being sold and a 100% clearance rate, those who entered standing straw into the auction would have been extremely happy with the outcome.

Rural Surveyor and Auctioneer Tom Mellor said “While we knew high figures had already been reached this season, we couldn’t have predicted the prices we have seen over the last two nights. In fact we wouldn’t be surprised if these were some of the highest in the country. With demand outstripping supply, prices attained are higher than we can remember. With winter barley reaching up to £198/acre and winter wheat crops topping a tremendous £230/acre it was a success all round.”

Our professional services team work throughout the West Country providing expert advice across a wide range of areas. Our valuers, surveyors and auctioneers have many years of experience and knowledge in both the local and national markets.

It’s never too early to start thinking about next year, so if you want to get prepared for next season’s auctions, contact Tom Mellor or a member of our Agricultural Team on: 01278 410250 or email:

The following exceptional averages were obtained at the sales:

West of TauntonEast of Taunton
Winter Barley£168/acre
Winter Wheat
Winter Oats
Oilseed Rape
Spring Barley
None entered