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Stags Auctioneers have completed this season’s round of On Site Sales of Standing Straw and report prices overall down £15 per acre on last year. Stags have sold a total of 1600 acres across 7 different locations between East, Mid and North Devon. Prices topped at £93.00 at Salston Estate, Ottery St Mary for Spring Oats closely followed by £92.00 for Winter Barley at West Ashford, Barnstaple.
Overall across all sales the average per acre for 2014 was £60.86 (2013 average being £76.05), with crops averaging Winter Wheat £63.58, Winter Barley £70.70, Winter Oats £65.28, Spring Barley £46.51 and Spring Oats £85.00 (only one field). Auctioneer Stafford Sampson reported ‘a number of new customers at most of the sales led to an often stronger than anticipated trade’ and ‘this year with prices across the board down there has been a clear benefit to holding the sale on the farm near the actual crops’.
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