US South biomass prices inched up slightly in the third quarter in the South Atlantic zone as consumers began stockpiling winter inventories. For the South Central area, hog fuel prices were mostly unchanged, even as rains increased late in the period.
Roundwood prices across the South Central region, however, were slightly higher in the third quarter (with scattered exceptions), compared to the prior period. That general stability owes much to the lack of any significant weather impacts through the quarter's end in September.
Breaking that trend at the beginning the fourth quarter, the greatest rainfall in several months occurred in early October, impacting harvesting supplies most in northern Mississippi/Alabama and Arkansas.
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