Dried stalks of grasses, principally cereal crops. It has many uses: for litter or bedding; as livestock food (less nutritious than hay); and as an ingredient of farmyard manure and composts for garden plants. Straw is used in the making of a thick low-quality cardboard (strawboard) and strawboard panel, straw hats and baskets, and in the thatching of houses. Straw bale homes have also come back into popularity.
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