Market Report 2nd Quarter 2023
Our assessment of market conditions is derived from published market reports, as well as sales conducted by Tennessee Timber Consultants. Overall, hardwood sawtimber markets saw slight improvements during the latter half of the 1st Quarter. Our hardwood sales are generating considerable buyer interest with offers at or above expectations. We are currently recommending the sale of all species and products of domestic and export hardwoods.
Hardwood Export Timber
Export markets have fluctuated over the last two years due to trade tensions with China and has been exacerbated from coronavirus-related issues throughout the supply chain. However, white oak veneer and exports have skyrocketed in demand over the last year and are bringing historically high prices. Walnut, red oak, and poplar demand and prices are also favorable.
Domestic Hardwood Sawtimber
Hardwood sawtimber demand is strong at the moment, which can be attributed to market improvements over the last year and low inventories, as well as there being a low supply on the market. Demand for all hardwoods is strong.
Grade white oak continues to be the strength of domestic markets due to limited supply on the market and competition between exporters, sawmills, and stave producers. Demand and prices for red oak has increased sharply since January 2021.
Low-quality sawtimber is also drawing considerable interest; primarily, due to favorable railroad crosstie markets. Yellow-poplar demand and prices is strong for all grades.
Tracts containing oak species continue to garner substantial interest. We are also recommending the sale of soft hardwoods and tie quality sawtimber.
The southern yellow pine sawlog market has struggled for more than a decade. With the explosion in the construction lumber markets since March 2020, many landowners expected an increase in the pine sawlog markets. This has yet to come to fruition due many variables, but landowners shouldn’t expect any considerable increase in log prices anytime soon. This could change in the coming months as new mills in North Mississippi come online.
Hardwood and Pine Pulpwood
Pulpwood is currently in low demand across the board and virtually all producers are on limited delivery quotas. Typically, these prices fluctuate on a month-to-month basis depending on weather and availability, but will likely remain low for the foreseeable future.