Timber price reporting is essential for forest landowners to fully participate in competitive timber markets, such as those in Mississippi (see article "Timber Price Reporting is Essential").
From 1986 until 2004, the Mississippi Timber Price Report (MTPR) was published six times per year as a price source for Mississippi forest landowners. By 2004, commercial timber price reporting services were readily available in the market. A quarterly timber price report for Mississippi was produced by Forest2Market, Inc. from 2004 to 2013. Starting in 2013, Timber-Mart South agreed to make their quarterly price data available to Mississippi State University. That information is used by MSU faculty to develop a timber price report for Mississippi that will be published quarterly in MSU Extension Forestry's newsletter, The Overstory, and posted on this website. An archive of price reports is available on this website and all future quarterly reports will be added to that collection.
Certain factors may cause a particular tract of timber to be valued higher or lower. For example, a tract that has a high timber volume per acre and can be logged during wet weather may bring a price per unit higher than the average reported here. On the other hand, a tract with less volume at a greater distance from the buyer's mill may bring less. Additional factors that affect timber values are timber quality, tract size, type of product to be made from the timber, access to the tract, and many others. Timber-Mart South, Inc. has more detailed data available by subscription that reflects these market nuances and contains values for other timber products not included in this report.
However, the prices contained in this report are a good price reference for landowners who wish to market timber, but individuals are advised to have their timber evaluated by a professional forester before making a timber sale. To find a registered forester, visit the Mississippi Board of Registration for Foresters website.
RAYMOND, Miss. -- Despite a slow housing market and other lingering effects of the recession, Mississippi’s forests remain the state’s second most valuable agricultural commodity for 2017.
John Auel, an assistant Extension professor of forestry at Mississippi State University, estimates the value of forest products is $1.4 billion, which is a decrease of 8.6 percent from 2016. However, 2017 numbers are almost 40 percent higher than they were in 2009, when the industry experienced its lowest valued harvest of the 2007-2009 recession.