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New faces, Vanilla Walnuts, and more

New faces, Vanilla Walnuts, and more

2014 ANNUAL NEWSLETTER Timber Markets – What a difference one year can make. From October of 2008 until December of 2012 northern Indiana timber companies and sawmills have been struggling just to survive by operating at greatly reduced capacities. During 2013 timber markets made steady improvements along with increased activity. Price increases for red oak, soft maple, and hard maple have led the way. Walnut and white oak have also shown good improvement. Black cherry has lagged behind, but even cherry is starting to show improvement. Pallet markets utilizing low quality timber have remained good. We have been very busy […]

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EAB Continues to spread

EAB Continues to spread

2013 ANNUAL NEWSLETTER Timber Markets – The timber markets were again disappointing during 2012, making it four years now since the markets crashed at the end of 2008. However, there is optimism that timber markets will improve in 2013. This optimism results mostly from the increases in new home construction and some from the gradual improvement in the general economy. I plan to watch and listen to the timber markets as this year progresses with the idea that if timber markets do show significant improvement, I will begin recommending doing many of the timber sales that we have been putting […]

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Starke County forest

Starke County forest

2012 ANNUAL NEWSLETTER Timber Markets – The timber markets were very disappointing during 2011. Markets just did not seem to improve. If anything, they seemed to slow late in the year. Poor markets have two results if you try to sell timber. Low demand means that fewer mills are looking for timber to buy at any point in time, which means we get fewer bids at timber sales, and the chances that we will not get any acceptable bids goes up. The second problem is that the prices paid are down from past norms. As the economy improves, it is […]

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Storm damage and Beech trees

Storm damage and Beech trees

2011 ANNUAL NEWSLETTER Timber Markets – Most of 2010 saw improved markets for standing timber in northern Indiana. I began having timber sales for some clients by early summer and had a number of good sales until the markets dropped again by November. Again, I put timber sales on hold after November. It appears that the increase in demand, that created the improved markets, became oversupplied by increased production late in the year. I expect that markets will again improve as we go into 2011, assuming demand improves, and if on hand supplies of logs and lumber are reduced. During […]

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