Trenton Roberts has tackled the question of row crop stubble’s worth at www.arkansas-crops.com. He writes:
“While driving through the Delta the past two falls I wasn’t sure if I was in rice country or hay country. There have been more round bales in Eastern Arkansas than you can count. Anyone who has grown rice or corn knows that there is plenty of straw and stubble following harvest and with the recent drought there have been a lot of people looking to purchase hay/straw/stubble -- anything that has some feed value. The statement that needs to be made is “seller beware!” The thought of making extra money from selling crop residues (straw and stubble) that makes ground preparation for the following crop a hassle is a hard bargain to pass up. That said, we need to examine the economic and agronomic value of the crop residues that is being sold.”
Read the full post here.