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Appalachian Comments

RED OAK

Sawmills are minimizing production of this species, to the extent they can. And when they cannot avoid it, mills are cutting more ties and other salable industrial items from Red Oak logs to minimize grade lumber output. Despite these efforts, green Red Oak availability is exceeding the market’s needs. Prices continue to respond, with the listings down $15 for 4/4 through 6/4 Fas&1f; $25 for 4/4 through 8/4 #1C; and $15 for all #2A&3A and #2A Alone items. Markets conditions for kiln dried Red Oak are highly unfavorable as well. Many exporters have ongoing business in China, but often at distressed prices. Domestic distributors and end users are being offered more Red Oak than they need. To better reflect current information, all of the kiln dried listings and most range numbers are lowered.

WHITE OAK

Key export markets for White Oak are not performing well, including China, Vietnam, the UK, and Germany. In Europe, high inflation and concerns about fuel shortages this winter are disrupting economic activity, including the hardwood lumber trade. At the same time, secondary wood products manufacturers in the Far East are reducing White Oak purchases due to slow finished goods sales to North America and Europe. Demand is also slow from end users and distributors in the US. Prices continue to tumble. The green listings fall $60 for Fas&1f, $30 for #1C, and $15 for #2A&3A in all published thicknesses. The WHND 4/4 and 5/4 figures are reduced $30 for Fas&1f and $15 for #1C and sound wormy. Also moving lower are the kiln dried 4/4 and 5/4 #2A&Btr, 6/4 Fas, and 8/4 Fas listings and ranges.

WALNUT

Market conditions for this species rapidly deteriorated in recent months and show no signs of improvement to this point. Much of the loss in momentum stemmed from unusually high Walnut production the first half of 2022 coupled with subsequent contractions in demand, especially from overseas customers. Sawmills can more readily curb production of Walnut than most species because logs can be stored longer before degrade occurs. Many are doing just that. Even so, supply and demand remain imbalanced, which is evident in lower reported prices. Information takes down the green listings $85 for Fas&1f, $35 for #1C, and $25 for #2A in all thicknesses. For kiln dried Walnut, the 4/4 and 5/4 #2A&Btr figures decline, as do the listings and low end range numbers for 6/4 and 8/4 Fas.

Pricing Changes

APPALACHIAN AREA – GREEN:
ASH  4/4 FAS 1345-
1F 1335-
1C 895-
2A 605-
 5/4 FAS 1485-
1F 1475-
1C 960-
2A 635-
 6/4 FAS 1535-
1F 1525-
1C 1035-
2A 670-
 8/4 FAS 1635-
1F 1625-
1C 1095-
2A 700-
CHERRY  4/4 FAS 1120-
1F 1110-
1C 580-
2A 380-
3A 330-
 5/4 FAS 1200-
1F 1190-
1C 620-
2A 390-
3A 350-
 6/4 FAS 1265-
1F 1255-
1C 650-
2A 390-
3A 370-
 8/4 FAS 1310-
1F 1300-
1C 670-
2A 410-
3A 380-
CHERRY – NORTH CENTRAL  4/4 FAS 1170-
1F 1160-
1C 660-
2A 430-
3A 365-
 5/4 FAS 1260-
1F 1250-
1C 680-
2A 450-
3A 365-
 6/4 FAS 1310-
1F 1300-
1C 705-
2A 460-
3A 405-
 8/4 FAS 1360-
1F 1350-
1C 710-
2A 475-
3A 410-
HARD MAPLE – #1&2 WHITE  4/4 2A 910-
 5/4 FAS 2570-
1F 2560-
 6/4 FAS 2700-
1F 2690-
 8/4 FAS 2750-
1F 2740-
HARD MAPLE – UNSELECTED  4/4 FAS 2225-
1F 2215-
 5/4 FAS 2380-
1F 2370-
 6/4 FAS 2435-
1F 2425-
 8/4 FAS 2510-
1F 2500-
SOFT MAPLE – SAP&BTR  4/4 FAS 2320-
1F 2310-
 5/4 FAS 2505-
1F 2495-
 6/4 FAS 2550-
1F 2540-
 8/4 FAS 2575-
1F 2565-
RED OAK  4/4 FAS 785-
1F 775-
1C 515-
2A 430-
2A ALONE 430-
3A 365-
 5/4 FAS 820-
1F 810-
1C 575-
2A 430-
3A 365-
 6/4 FAS 905-
1F 895-
1C 600-
2A 455-
3A 390-
 8/4 1C 600-
2A 460-
3A 400-
WHITE OAK  4/4 FAS 1965-
1F 1955-
1C 970-
2A 520-
3A 460-
 5/4 FAS 2180-
1F 2170-
1C 1070-
2A 520-
3A 460-
 6/4 FAS 2365-
1F 2355-
1C 1135-
2A 545-
3A 485-
 8/4 FAS 2545-
1F 2535-
1C 1155-
WHITE OAK – WHND  4/4 FAS 1350-
1F 1340-
1C 930-
SW 580-
 5/4 FAS 1380-
1F 1370-
1C 980-
SW 610-
POPLAR  4/4 FAS 1035-
1F 1025-
1C 470-
2A 325-
2B 305-
 5/4 FAS 1060-
1F 1050-
1C 485-
2A 335-
2B 320-
 6/4 FAS 1065-
1F 1055-
1C 500-
2A 355-
2B 330-
 8/4 FAS 1080-
1F 1070-
1C 515-
2A 360-
2B 335-
 10/4 FAS 1190-
1F 1180-
1C 600-
2A 445-
2B 365-
 12/4 FAS 1275-
1F 1265-
1C 635-
2A 475-
2B 375-
 16/4 FAS 1315-
1F 1305-
1C 665-
2A 490-
2B 380-
WALNUT  4/4 FAS 2390-
1F 2290-
1C 1575-
2A 800-
 5/4 FAS 2490-
1F 2390-
1C 1610-
2A 845-
 6/4 FAS 2575-
1F 2475-
1C 1665-
2A 895-
 8/4 FAS 2730-
1F 2630-
1C 1760-
2A 905-
FRAMESTOCK – AIR DRIED
 4/4 OAK S2S LOW/HIGH 565-/680-
 4/4 MIXED S2S LOW/HIGH 585-/700-
CANTS – GREEN 645-
LOW/HIGH NC/765-
BOARD ROAD – GREEN 660-
LOW/HIGH 600-/740-
APPALACHIAN AREA – KILN DRIED:
ASH  4/4 FAS 2165-
1C 1210-
2A 945-
 5/4 FAS 2370-
1C 1315-
 6/4 FAS 2455-
 8/4 FAS 2585-
BASSWOOD  4/4 FAS 1925-
1C 1125-
2A 645-
 5/4 FAS 2040-
1C 1245-
 9/4 FAS 2205-
1C 1295-
CHERRY  4/4 FAS 1640-
1C 1095-
2A 675-
 5/4 FAS 1790-
1C 1235-
2A 755-
 6/4 FAS 1915-
1C 1290-
 8/4 FAS 2055-
1C 1360-
CHERRY – NORTH CENTRAL  4/4 FAS 1660-
1C 1140-
2A 825-
 5/4 FAS 1825-
1C 1275-
2A 835-
 6/4 FAS 1975-
1C 1350-
 8/4 FAS 2100-
1C 1410-
HICKORY  4/4 1C 1480-
2A 1270-
HARD MAPLE – #1&2 WHITE  4/4 FAS 2745-
1C 1860-
2A 1220-
 5/4 FAS 2900-
1C 1900-
2A 1200-
 6/4 FAS 3120-
1C 2050-
 8/4 FAS 3235-
1C 2150-
HARD MAPLE – UNSELECTED  4/4 FAS 2660-
1C 1770-
2A 1075-
 5/4 FAS 2820-
1C 1820-
2A 1135-
 6/4 FAS 3020-
1C 1970-
 8/4 FAS 3150-
1C 2050-
SOFT MAPLE – SAP&BTR  4/4 FAS 2745-
1C 1875-
2A 1205-
 5/4 FAS 2870-
1C 1915-
2A 1260-
 6/4 FAS 2980-
1C 2000-
2A 1295-
 8/4 FAS 3050-
1C 2095-
2A 1320-
SOFT MAPLE – UNSELECTED  4/4 FAS 2625-
1C 1780-
2A 1015-
 5/4 FAS 2765-
1C 1800-
2A 1095-
 6/4 FAS 2865-
1C 1885-
2A 1160-
 8/4 FAS 2950-
1C 1950-
2A 1220-
RED OAK  4/4 FAS 1300-
1C 1005-
2A 855-
 5/4 FAS 1420-
1C 1130-
2A 940-
 6/4 FAS 1700-
1C 1365-
2A 1080-
 8/4 FAS 1760-
1C 1395-
2A 1150-
WHITE OAK  4/4 FAS 3000-
1C 1685-
2A 1220-
 5/4 FAS 3385-
1C 1975-
2A 1340-
 6/4 FAS 4205-
 8/4 FAS 4600-
POPLAR  4/4 FAS 1435-
1C 805-
2A 605-
 5/4 FAS 1505-
1C 855-
2A 670-
 6/4 FAS 1595-
2A 755-
 8/4 FAS 1620-
1C 1020-
2A 785-
WALNUT  4/4 FAS 4285-
1C 3330-
2A 2135-
 5/4 FAS 4770-
1C 3700
2A 2415-
 6/4 FAS 5100-
 8/4 FAS 5250-
APPALACHIAN AREA – KILN DRIED NET:
ASH  4/4 FAS 2330-
1C 1300-
2A 1015-
 5/4 FAS 2545-
1C 1415-
 6/4 FAS 2635-
 8/4 FAS 2775-
BASSWOOD  4/4 FAS 2070-
1C 1210-
2A 695-
 5/4 FAS 2195-
1C 1340-
 9/4 FAS 2370-
1C 1395-
CHERRY  4/4 FAS 1765-
1C 1175-
2A 725-
 5/4 FAS 1925-
1C 1330-
2A 810-
 6/4 FAS 2060-
1C 1385-
 8/4 FAS 2210-
1C 1460-
CHERRY – NORTH CENTRAL  4/4 FAS 1785-
1C 1225-
2A 890-
 5/4 FAS 1965-
1C 1370-
2A 900-
 6/4 FAS 2125-
1C 1450-
 8/4 FAS 2260-
1C 1515-
HICKORY  4/4 1C 1590-
2A 1365-
HARD MAPLE – #1&2 WHITE  4/4 FAS 2955-
1C 2000-
2A 1310-
 5/4 FAS 3120-
1C 2040-
2A 1290-
 6/4 FAS 3350-
1C 2205-
 8/4 FAS 3475-
1C 2310-
HARD MAPLE – UNSELECTED  4/4 FAS 2865-
1C 1900-
2A 1155-
 5/4 FAS 3035-
1C 1955-
2A 1220-
 6/4 FAS 3250-
1C 2120-
 8/4 FAS 3385-
1C 2205-
SOFT MAPLE – SAP&BTR  4/4 FAS 2950-
1C 2020-
2A 1295-
 5/4 FAS 3085-
1C 2060-
2A 1355-
 6/4 FAS 3210-
1C 2150-
2A 1390-
 8/4 FAS 3280-
1C 2250-
2A 1420-
SOFT MAPLE – UNSELECTED  4/4 FAS 2825-
1C 1915-
2A 1090-
 5/4 FAS 2980-
1C 1940-
2A 1180-
 6/4 FAS 3085-
1C 2030-
2A 1250-
 8/4 FAS 3175-
1C 2100-
2A 1310-
RED OAK  4/4 FAS 1400-
1C 1080-
2A 920-
 5/4 FAS 1525-
1C 1215-
2A 1010-
 6/4 FAS 1830-
1C 1470-
2A 1160-
 8/4 FAS 1895-
1C 1500-
2A 1235-
WHITE OAK  4/4 FAS 3230-
1C 1810-
2A 1310-
 5/4 FAS 3640-
1C 2125-
2A 1440-
 6/4 FAS 4520-
 8/4 FAS 4950-
POPLAR  4/4 FAS 1545-
1C 865-
2A 650-
 5/4 FAS 1615-
1C 920-
2A 720-
 6/4 FAS 1715-
2A 810-
 8/4 FAS 1745-
1C 1095-
2A 845-
WALNUT  4/4 FAS 4610-
1C 3585-
2A 2300-
 5/4 FAS 5130-
1C 3970-
2A 2600-
 6/4 FAS 5490-
 8/4 FAS 5645-