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NEBRASKA'S FOREST PRODUCTS BULLETIN

TIMBER TALK


LUMBER MARKET REPORTS
 
Northern
A number of area sawmill operators report low log decks. Green lumber production has slipped. The decline is not unusual for this time of year, but the lower mill output has helped ease negative price pressures for green Ash, Red Oak, #1 White Oak, and Hard Maple. The change in production has pushed prices up for certain species such as Soft Maple. At the same time, concentration yards and secondary manufacturers state on hand supplies of most species, grades, and thicknesses are at least sufficient to bridge sawmill production gaps that might occur from the fall into winter. The only exception is soft Maple. lt seems the marketplace cannot get enough of this species. Furthermore there has been little indication end users are willing to make a major shift from Soft Maple to more readily available whitewoods, such as Hard Maple - even though Soft Maple prices have risen above Hard Maple. This is not a new phenomenon. Recent history shows US secondary manufacturers are reluctant to switch species. There are cost associated with major changeovers between Soft Maple and Hard Maple, including additional machine tooling, work in process and SKUs, at least temporarily. However, companies will eventually make a change if prices vary enough to justify the move.

Southern
Rain in much of the region slowed logging activity. However, most area mills had enough logs to run uninterrupted schedules, and many are well situated with log inventories for the interim. Supplies of green lumber are, at least, sufficient to satisfy demand. Reported prices for key items remain under pressure, especially green #3A&Btr Red Oak. Markets for industrial timber products are good, led by the railway tie industry. Sales companies are attempting to work down kiln dried inventories. Domestic business is mixed, though most contacts report decent domestic sales. International business is even more varied.

Appalachian
Eastern US hardwood sawmill production is down 8.9% year to date. However, the downturn in grade lumber output is much more substantial. Industrial lumber and heart dimension products have increased as a percentage of total production and represent as much or more than 60% of developing supplies. Grade lumber output is down potentially 12 to 15% on the year; in the case of Red Oak, mills are funneling far more #1 C&Btr lumber than normal to Oak strip flooring customers. At the same time, the shift by mills to produce more crossties and other heavy industrial timbers is having some bearing on the volume of #2A&3A Oak lumber coming onto the market. Crossties are offering higher returns than #2A, 3A lumber, as well as for #1C in most species. The performance of domestic markets is little changed from recent weeks. Chinese New Year comes early in 2020 - arriving January 25th. Some exporters report a small uptick in Chinese shipments scheduled for delivery prior to Chinese New Year. However, highly competitive prices are necessary to obtain that business.

(Source: Condensed from Hardwood Market Report, November 8, 2019. For more information or to subscribe to Hardwood Market Report, call (901) 767-9216, email: hmr@hmr.com, website: www.hmr.com)

 
Hardwood Lumber Prices - Green 
 
Species FAS #1C #2A
11/19 8/19 5/19 2/19 11/19 8/19 5/19 2/19 11/19 8/19 5/19 2/19
Ash 885 980 1075 1090 535 625 695 695 340 400 420 420
Basswood 795 795 810 810 430 430 440 445 225 225 225 225
Cottonwood 780 780 780 780 575 575 575 575 260 260 260 260
Cherry 1050 1110 1235 1330 555 590 725 800 320 335 385 420
Elm 670 670 670 670 420 420 420 420 290 290 290 290
Hackberry 530 530 530 530 480 480 480 480 295 295 295 295
Hickory 800 850 865 865 530 545 560 560 400 415 425 415
Soft Maple 1235 1180 1140 1100 790 760 760 760 460 460 470 470
Red Oak 760 825 960 980 540 560 635 680 495 515 535 545
White Oak 1700 1725 1745 1685 895 970 1000 1000 550 550 560 560
Walnut 2175 2315 2510 2800 1175 1300 1545 1775 465 510 720 1050
Note: Kiln dried prices in $/MBF, FOB mill, is an estimate of predominant prices for 4/4 lumber measured after kiln drying. Prices for cottonwood and hackberry from Southern Hardwoods list. Prices for ash, basswood, northern soft grey elm, unselected soft maple, red oak, and white oak from Northern Hardwood list. Prices for cherry, hickory and walnut (steam treated) from Appalachian Hardwoods list. (Source: Hardwood Market Report (HMR), the above prices are from the first issue of the identified month. To subscribe to HMR, call 901-767-9126; email hmr@hmr.com; or go to www.hmr.com.)
Hardwood Lumber Prices - Kiln Dried 
 
Species FAS #1C #2A
2/19 11/18 8/18 5/18 2/19 11/18 8/18 5/18 2/19 11/18 8/18 5/18
Ash 1300 1400 1490 1510 860 935 1035 1095 675 720 775 790
Basswood 1200 1200 1220 1220 720 730 740 740 485 485 485 485
Cottonwood 1025 1025 1025 1025 760 760 760 760 ---- ---- ---- ----
Cherry 1565 1800 1950 1950 975 1140 1275 1250 580 680 760 835
Elm ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ----
Hackberry ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ----
Hickory 1450 1460 1460 1475 1040 1080 1060 1095 900 940 935 930
Soft Maple 1690 1630 1565 1520 1150 1105 1140 1155 800 800 800 800
Red Oak 1200 1355 1490 1505 870 935 1010 1030 790 805 895 910
White Oak 2350 2350 2350 2300 1330 1510 1550 1030 1010 1025 1075 910
Walnut 3575 3725 3825 3980 2100 2375 2550 2725 1215 1450 1625 1765
Note: Pallet lumber prices quoted in $/MBF, average market prices FOB mill, truckload and greater quantities, rough, green, random widths and lengths graded in accordance with NHLA rules. Tie prices quoted in $/piece, average market prices FOB mill. Prices for pallet lumber from the Northern Hardwood list. Prices for ties from the respective regional lists. (Source: Hardwood Market Report (HMR), the above prices are from the first issue of the identified month. To subscribe to HMR, call 901-767-9126; email hmr@hmr.com; or go to www.hmr.com.)
Ties (7x9) - Green
Region 11/19 8/19 5/19   2/19
Crossties ---- ---- ---- ----
Northern - 8.5' 27.9-31.5 27.9-31.5 27.75-30.5 27.5-29.75
Appalachian (South) - 8.5' 30.5-35.5 30.5-35.5 30-35 30-34.5
Appalachian (North) - 8.5' 30.25-34.25 30.25-34.25 30-34 30-34
Southern (West) - 9' 31.5-37 31.5-37 31-36 30-34
Southern (East) - 8.5' 31.5-37 31.5-37 31-36 30-34
Pallet Lumber - Green
Dimension 11/19 8/19 5/19 2/19
4/4 x RW 405 405 405 395
5/4 x RW 420 420 420 410
6/4 x RW 445 445 445 435
4/4 x SW 440 440 440 430
5/4 x SW 450 450 450 440
6/4 x SW 480 480 480 470
Note: Pallet lumber prices quoted in $/MBF, average market prices FOB mill, truckload and greater quantities, rough, green, random widths and lengths graded in accordance with NHLA rules. Tie prices quoted in $/piece, average market prices FOB mill. Prices for pallet lumber from Northern Hardwood list. Prices for ties from the respective regional lists. (Source: Hardwood Market Report (HMR), above prices are from the first issue of the identified month. To subscribe to HMR, call 901-767-9126; email hmr@hmr.com; or go to www.hmr.com.)
NFS Hosting Ash Wood Showcase
We are pleased to share that the Nebraska Forest Service is organizing an “Ash Wood Showcase” in an effort to highlight the need and opportunities for urban wood utilization. We are counting on talented individuals, such as yourself, to help highlight the diversity of products that can be made with ash wood. We are seeking interested parties to create a unique item with ash wood provided by the Nebraska Forest Service. These items will be showcased in a First Friday event on February 7, 2020, at Turbine Flats, 2124 Y St., Lincoln, NE 68503. 

The lumber the Nebraska Forest Service has available for use is 4/4 (approximately 1” thick), and 8/4 (approximately 2” thick), ~8 foot lengths, variable widths, majority have live and/or irregular edges, and all lumber is planed.

Please schedule a time to pick up your lumber with Heather Nobert at hnobert2@unl.edu or (402) 472-2941 or Kendall Weyers at kweyers2@unl.edu or (402) 472-6693.
 
By participating in the Ash Wood Showcase, you agree to the following:
As a participant in the Ash Wood Showcase, I will create an original item with the ash wood provided by the Nebraska Forest Service. I agree to loan the item to the Nebraska Forest Service for show on February 7, 2020, at Turbine Flats as a part of First Friday. If possible, I will attend the event.
I understand that ash wood is under quarantine by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture and the lumber provided by the Nebraska Forest Service shall not leave the quarantine zone, which includes the following counties: Washington, Dodge, Douglas, Saunders, Sarpy, Cass, Lancaster, and Otoe.
I will arrange to transport both the lumber and finished product. Lumber can be picked up from the Nebraska Forest Service’s Prairie Pines Property. Prairie Pines is located on the northeast corner of 112th St. and Adams St. in Lincoln.
Upcoming Combined Heat and Biochar Webinar

In the process of making biochar from biomass, thermal energy is produced that can be used for heating and cooling. Systems that take advantage of both the biochar and the energy are called Combined Heat and Biochar or CHAB.
 
The Nebraska Forest Service is hosting industry experts, Tom Miles of TR Miles Consulting and Kelpie Wilson of Wilson Biochar Associates to present the basics of CHAB systems, available technologies, appropriate applications, and the economics of combined heat and biochar.

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Timber Sales
 
The following listings are for stands of timber or logs being offered for sale by owners or persons of delegated authority. Timber was cruised and/or marked for harvest by the Nebraska Forest Service or other professional foresters. Volumes in board feet (Doyle scale unless otherwise indicated) are estimates by the forester. If no volume is listed, the trees or logs were not marked by a forester and the listing is included only as a marketing service to the owner. Listings are prepared according to the information at the time of publication.
 
Timber Information Forester/Date Seller Information
Black Walnut, 33 trees
   Veneer 2 – 435 bf
   Veneer 3 – 473 bf
   Lumber 1 – 996 bf
   Lumber 2 – 2,992 bf
   Lumber 3 – 2,518 bf
   Total – 7,414 bf

 
Karloff
11/2019
Rick Young
1885 Blue Sage Parkway
Elkhorn, NE 68022
Ph: (402) 670-8820
Location: Washington County
Black Walnut, 58 trees
   Veneer 3 – 428 bf
   Lumber 1 – 1,593 bf
   Lumber 2 – 3,184 bf
   Lumber 3 – 3,281 bf
   Total – 8,486 bf
 
Bur Oak, 3 trees - 1,620 bf
Green Ash, 3 trees - 490 bf
Hackberry, 1 tree - 440 bf

 
Karloff
11/2019
David Feurer
62484  732 Road
Johnson, NE 68378
Ph: (402) 335-0730
Location: Johnson County
 

TRADING POST

The Trading Post is provided as a free marketing service for the forestry industry. Only forestry-related advertisements will be accepted. Please submit written ads to the Timber Talk editor at least 15 days before scheduled Timber Talk publication dates. Ads may be edited to meet space constraints.

 
For Sale
 
Post PeelerMorbark PS8 Post Peeler. It comes with 2 engines, 1 diesel and 1 electric. 8ft in-feed table with short return system. 33 ft of dead rolls with markers for trimming with a hydraulic bar saw. Markers for 6½, 7, 8 and 10ft posts. Several bunks and banding equipment included. A 24ft triple axle trailer for hauling also included. In excellent condition. Video available. Call John Hahn. 308-430-0630(c); 308-638-7531(h) Hay Springs, Nebraska.

MulchThe city of Nebraska City has approx. 60 semi loads of single grind mulch $200/ semi load or $50/dump truckload. Shipping not included. Arrangements will be made to load. Contact: Marty Stovall 402-873-5515 or email mstovall@nebraskacity.com.

SawmillMighty Mite bandsaw. 20 HP electric motor, tandem axles w/ brakes on one axle, 36” x 24’ log capacity, (have cut 46” beams) hydraulic operation includes winch, knees, taper, near arm, dogging arms, far arm, dogging spike, log loading arms, and electric clutch and blade lift. Includes automatic blade sharpener, setting machine, 12 used blades and 4 new blades. Excellent condition. Never been used commercially. $17,500. Contact: Gary Fisher, Crawford, NE. Phone: 308-665-1580; email: fisher@bbcwb.net.

Walnut LumberAll dimensions. $3.00 per board foot. Falls City, NE. Contact: Bruce Walker at 402-245-2031.

Biochar Production Unit. Biochar production unit mounted on a 24ft gooseneck trailer.  Burns 8 - 10 cubic yards of biomass per day producing up to 2 yards of high-grade biochar and 1 Million BTU/hr of hot air. $50,000. Contact High Plains Biochar for more information 307-761-5508.

 
Service and Miscellaneous
 
Portable Sawmilling ServiceOffering portable sawmilling service, turning your logs into valuable lumber. Contact: Doug Patton, D&S Sawmill Services, Palmyra, NE. Phone: 402-269-4866 or Email: dssawmillservices@gmail.com.

Woodshop ServicesMillwork made from your lumber on my planer/molder. Chris Marlowe, Butte, NE, Phone: 402-775-5000. Email: Marlowepasture@nntc.net.

Sawmill Service and SuppliesSaw hammering and welding. Precision knife and saw grinding. Contact: Tim Schram, Schram Saw and Machine, PO Box 718, 204 E. 3rd St., Ponca, NE 68770, 402-755-4294.

Used Portable SawmillsNorth America’s largest source of used portable sawmills and equipment. Contact: Sawmill Exchange, 800-459-2148, website: www.sawmillexchange.com.
 

Wanted
 
Wood ResidueSlab wood, cutoffs, sawdust, mulch, bales, etc. Lincoln, NE. Call Scott Hofeling at 402-432-0806 or email scott@hofelingenterprises.com.

Logs and Slabwood - Cottonwood, cedar and pine. 4-26” diameter and 90-100” lengths. Below saw grade logs acceptable. Contact: American Wood Fibers, Clarks, NE at 800-662- 5459; or email: Pat Krish at pkrish@AWF.com.

Cottonwood LogsVeneer-quality cottonwood logs, 16-36” diameter, 7’ and longer. Pick up service available. Contact: Barcel Mill & Lumber, Bellwood, NE 68624. Ask for Barton or Megan. Phone: 800-201-4780; email: bj@barcelmill.com.
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