|Harvest 2005 is now a distant memory and, for most, it seemed that everything finally fell into place just right — for a change.
||£66 respectively, when poor weather created shortages in supply and good quality bales could demand a higher price than normal.
|The gods played fair for the combines in 2005, with one of the longest settled spells of weather we have enjoyed at harvest time for many years, which was reflected in the yields many achieved. As a consequence of the better weather and speed at which the grain was harvested meant conditions and time for straw baling were better than usual, which lead to an estimated 40% increase in the volume of straw baled and taken from the fields. One unfortunate consequence of this was a shortage of big bale twine in some areas, as local supplies were exhausted, having been caught on the hop by the extra demand. For those with twine, however, market conditions and the law of supply and demand meant that trading in twine was good business for some.
||It is a brave man that will forecast next season this far ahead, certainly those concerned with supply of twine and net for the coming season straw baling are already polishing their crystal balls to try and predict expected requirements, as to get this wrong can have huge implications for any business. It s not just the farmer or contractor whose business can suffer from errant weather patterns, the producers and importers of crop packaging products also need to have some good luck — extremes in weather and demand for product is difficult to get right and a surplus at the end of the year can be just as damaging as a shortage of supply in season.
|Baled straw prices are maintaining a fairly healthy level, in a good market so far, with barley realising up to £53 per tonne and wheat currently trading around £48 per tonne. However, these are down on the 2004 levels of approximately £78 and
||Remember, the shortages of twine in some areas could have possibly been avoided by more accurate ordering by the dealer. However, this can only be achieved if the buyer is aware of expected demand from forward order expectations from the end users, so remember, support your dealer and supplier a little, he is there to try and help you.