Market Report 4th Quarter 2019
Our assessment of market conditions is derived from published market reports, as well as sales conducted by Tennessee Timber Consultants.
Hardwood Export Timber
Hardwood exports have slowed considerably due to tariffs and uncertainty in domestic and foreign markets. White oak exports are still bringing favorable prices, while walnut and red oak exports are struggling.
Domestic Hardwood Sawtimber
Domestic hardwood markets have remained favorable, but uncertainty in international markets continue to overshadow it. Grade white oak and staves demand remains fairly strong, as well as yellow-poplar. Soft hardwoods and tie quality sawtimber, including gum and maple, has remained strong. Grade red oak is currently in low demand and prices have dropped significantly.
We are currently recommending delaying the sale of tracts containing a large component of grade red oak. Conversely, we are recommending the sale of tracts containing a significant percentage of white oak, mixedwood, and poplar.
The southern yellow pine sawlog market has been struggling for more than a decade; however, demand for pine sawtimber appears to have slightly strengthened over the last several months due to unusually wet weather.
Hardwood and Pine Pulpwood
With the reopening of the Phoenix Paper mill, hardwood pulpwood has become easier to move over the last few months. Pine Pulpwood is currently in low demand and virtually all producers are on limited delivery quotas. Typically, prices and demand fluctuate on a month-to-month basis depending on weather and availability, but will likely remain low for the foreseeable future.