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Roger in Iowa
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 6:59 am    Post subject: What is the value of wheat straw left by combine Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I will hopefully be harvesting wheat here in southeast Iowa in a few weeks and am intending to leave the straw in a windrow for baling.

What would be a good price for my straw, per small square bale or large round bale? Someone else is baling it and buying it. Not looking for retail price.

Don't want to give it away, but some reasonable value.
Thanks for any information.

Roger in Iowa

 

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Allan In NE
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 7:49 am    Post subject: Re: What is the value of wheat straw left by comb Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Rog,

Last year I had to give $50 a ton for the stuff.

Allan

 

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 8:10 am    Post subject: Re: What is the value of wheat straw left by comb Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Yep, that wheat straw is usually as valuable as good hay.

 
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 8:39 am    Post subject: Re: What is the value of wheat straw left by comb Reply to specific post Reply with quote

But what should I get as the producer, not the person that bales and then sells it? Just the price of the straw laying in the field ready to bale, $ per bale, i.e. $0.50 or $1.00 or $1.50 per bale?

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Roger in Iowa

 

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 8:57 am    Post subject: Re: What is the value of wheat straw left by comb Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I'm not too far from you and last year we sold some wheat straw out of the field (off our hayracks) for $1.50/bale. If you figure $.80 per bale for baling that would be about $.02 per pound of straw if I'm figuring it right. I think two cents per pound in the windrow sounds fair.

 
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 9:33 am    Post subject: Re: What is the value of wheat straw left by comb Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I get 2.75 bale out of field. But if you are the owner and some one else baling and taking it $1.00 bale. O r some producers give it to me for the baling just to get rid of it. Whatever you to can feel happy with

 
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 11:26 am    Post subject: Re: What is the value of wheat straw left by comb Reply to specific post Reply with quote

A couple of years ago I read an article that said straw was worth around 60-80 cents/bale in fertilizer. With the higher fertilizer prices, I suspect that a bale contains more than $1.00 worth of fertilizer. So I wouldn't sell it unbaled in the field for less than $1.00/bale, and would be inclined to expect closer to $1.50/bale.

 
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 2:51 pm    Post subject: Do you cut it shorter if you plan to bale? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Typically, if you plan to bale the straw, do you cut your wheat shorter with the combine, mow it after combining, or just take it like it is?
If I come in behind someone who left the straw chopper going, could I bale the straw? Will it rake, or would I have to cut it and then rake?
James

 
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 3:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Do you cut it shorter if you plan to bale? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I do plan to cut it shorter than necessary to get just the grain. May not cut it as short as soybeans. I have removed the straw chopper. If you don't the straw is too fine to bale well and of course you do not want it spread all over.

Roger in Iowa

 

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 4:59 pm    Post subject: Re: What is the value of wheat straw left by comb Reply to specific post Reply with quote

sold mine last year for .80 same guy wants it this year but I told him it will cost 1.20 Why? because the price of everything has gone up.

 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 1:53 am    Post subject: Re: What is the value of wheat straw left by comb Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The farm stores here in MD sell the straw bales for $ 4.00 a bale. They may be higher this year do to the dry weather. Hal
PS: Hay will be in short supply too. They're predicting milk to be $5.00 a gallon. It's close to $4.00 now.

 
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2007 1:02 am    Post subject: Re: What is the value of wheat straw left by comb Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I'm currently selling my wheat straw for $3 a bale. I'm cheaper than the local hardware store at $3.99, the garden supply store at $4.99, and my local TSC at $5.99.

When I started selling straw 3 years ago I was getting $1.50 a bale.

I'm in central Indiana.

 

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2007 11:41 am    Post subject: Re: What is the value of wheat straw left by combine Reply to specific post Reply with quote

We baled straw right behind the combine last year. I paid the guy .75 a bale.
 
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