How Much Does a Bale of Straw Cost?
Straw is a by-product of harvested grains which can also used for construction when bailed. When farmers clear the harvested area, they will bale the straw. A bale of straw is also used as a way to minimize soil erosion, and the smaller bales can be used for decorative purposes. Some countries even use straw to build their homes. Bales of straw will vary in size and shape, such as compressed rectangular or round bales and smaller to jumbo bales which can weigh up to 30 kilograms per bale.
How much is it?
- Smaller bales of straw can range anywhere from $2 to $7 per bale.
- The jumbo bales can cost in the range of $20-$35 per bale. This price can vary depending on the size of the bale.
- A finished bale of straw ideal for decorations or base for displays usually come in 9” to 12” dimensions which are baled separately but are bound with wire to achieve a rustic look. This type of straw bale can cost between $10-$20 per pack, each pack containing 3 to 5 small bales.
- If you want to build a home made of a bale of straw, the price may vary depending on the design. There are sellers who would offer it at $5 per square foot, which includes all the materials such as the bolts and nuts. The total construction cost can be up to $100,000 or more for a fully furnished home made of straw.
What is going to be included?
- Shipping fee may or may not be included depending on the location.
- Decorative straw is individually baled, but these bales are packed and tied with a wire. The price you will pay per pack may include 3-5 smaller bales.
What are the extra costs?
- Shipping fee or trucking expenses can serve as your extra cost, especially if you purchase from farmers online. Generally, you have to reach a certain number of bales before a farmer will offer discounted shipping.
- When you build a house, extra expenses can include the labor cost, plumbing, electrical services, etc.
How can I save money?
- Look for farmers nearby who have recently harvested their grains. Upon clearing, they will just sell the bales of straw at the lower price per bale as long as the area is cleared.
- If you are able to purchase locally, you probably will not have to pay for shipping expenses as long as you have a way to transport it.