This far out from the straw harvest it is maybe not the time to talk about supply of the golden bales.
However Stalker notes that a new drain on the straw harvest is manifesting, in the shape of houses.
A research project led by University of Bath and architectural firm Modcell has put seven houses on the market this year. The houses are clad in brick, but their prefab walls are timber-framed, filled with straw bales and encased in wooden boards.
Professor Pete Walker who led the EU funded project, said that straw offered real potential for ultra-low carbon housing in the UK. He said it was a very durable material that out-performed many contemporary forms of construction in tests of fire and weather resistance.