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Price Guide Revisions

This section is updated periodically. Last update: September 6, 2019

Price Guide Revisions happen at minimum every 6 months, in April and October, or as needed due to changes in the market. The most recent price guide revisions are at the top of this page.

October 2019 Price Guide Revision

COVERAGE NOTE: Proposed Changes Finalized for Price Guides in Random Lengths, Random Lengths International

EUGENE, OR, [August 22, 2019] - After seeking industry feedback since mid-July on several changes or additions to the Random Lengths and Random Lengths International lumber and panel price guides, all changes as proposed will be implemented. These changes take effect with the October 1, 2019, issue of Midweek, the October 4, 2019, issue of Random Lengths, and the October 2, 2019, issue of Random Lengths International.

Random Lengths will add the price for Canadian Spruce Plywood 3/8-inch delivered Toronto to the structural panel section of Midweek. This is an addition widely requested by the industry since Random Lengths and Crow’s merged in April of this year.

On page 13 of the 14-page weekly report, Canadian OSB prices currently shown as delivered to Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Atlantic will reflect Regina, Winnipeg, and Moncton, N.B., respectively, as the delivery points. Added to the guide will be delivered prices to Halifax, Nova Scotia. These changes will make the price grid for Canadian OSB delivery points consistent with that of Canadian plywood sheathing.

In the lumber price guide, deduct prices for Western S-P-F Std&Btr 2x4 random dimension, found in footnotes on pages 5 and 6 of the weekly newsletter, will be retired. The deduct is from the published #2&Btr price. Industry feedback to date indicates there are no longer Western S-P-F mills grade stamping 2x4 random dimension as Std&Btr.

In Random Lengths International, changes in production over the years have necessitated a change in the description of Douglas Fir 4-1/8x4-1/8 baby squares from green to kiln-dried stock. Industry feedback indicates almost all production of baby squares is now kiln dried.

To all who commented on these proposed changes, both verbally and in writing, your feedback has been helpful, and much appreciated.

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COVERAGE NOTE: Proposed Changes Finalized for Price Guides in Random Lengths, Random Lengths International - August 22, 2019


Special Notice about October 2019 Price Guide Changes for Random Lengths EMS Database and Spreadsheet subscribers: This is a PDF version of the September 6, 2019 e-mail transmission to all Random Lengths Lumber, Panel and Midweek EMS (Electronic Media Services) database and spreadsheet subscribers. The document includes information about retired, new, and changed item codes. Also available as a Word document titled: Price_Guide_Change_Information.doc.

April 2019 Price Guide Revision

Coverage Note: Countdown to Crow's, Random Lengths merger

EUGENE, OR, Mar. 6, 2019 — As previously announced, from the end of the first quarter 2019, Crow's will be merged with Random Lengths into a new offering combining the strengths of both services.

This follows Fastmarkets RISI's acquisition of Random Lengths in the summer of 2018. Following the merger, customers will receive single publications for Midweek, the online weekly lumber and panel market reports, and the weekly report.

As a reminder, Fastmarkets RISI will discontinue all Crow's prices with the following exceptions:

  • Canadian OSB delivered Calgary, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Montreal, Atlantic
  • Canadian Sheathing (CSP and DFP) delivered Vancouver, Calgary/Edmonton, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, Maritimes. (With the merger, the Maritimes destination for Canadian Spruce and Douglas Fir plywood will be changed to Moncton, N.B. Prices for Nova Scotia, currently published in Crow's as footnotes, will move into columns with Halifax shown as the delivery location.)
  • Ponderosa Pine, 5/4, S2S MLDG 1-5/16"
  • Ponderosa Pine, 6/4, S2S MLDG 1-9/16"
  • Radiata Pine 6/4 Blocks & Blanks

These price series will be added to the new combined reports.

All prices currently published in Random Lengths will be retained, with the exception of two OSB prices: 1/4-inch produced in Eastern Canada and 1/4-inch delivered to Toronto. These prices will be retired.

For comments and queries, please send email to:

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Countdown to Crow's, Random Lengths merger--  MARCH 6, 2019

April 2018 Price Guide Revision

Price Guide changes coming

Two changes are planned for the Random Lengths Lumber Price Guide effective with the April 6 issue. On Page 5, prices will be added for Western S-P-F #2/#2&Btr 2x6 8-foot and 9-foot studs. The guide will show prices for net mill and delivered to Chicago. This change will be similar to #2/#2&Btr 2x4 stud reporting implemented in October 2012.

On Page 8, under Posts, Beams and Timbers, a reported price for green Douglas Fir #1&Btr rough 8x8 timbers, Portland rate, will be shown. This item currently is part of the combined 8x8-8x12 price. With the change, 8x8 will stand on its own, with 8x10 and 8x12 represented as a combined price. The change reflects the fact that 8x8 consistently trades at a premium to 8x10 and 8x12.

April 2018 Price Guide Revisions -- 8:30 a.m. Pacific Time, March 19, 2018

October 2017 Price Guide Revision

Canadian Fir&Larch 2x12 to be added to price guide

A few changes are in store for the Random Lengths Price Guide in October. Fir&Larch #2&Btr 2x12 from Canadian mills in the Southern Interior of British Columbia will be added on Page 5 of the 12-page weekly report, as well as the Midweek report.

Prices for Fir&Larch #2&Btr 2x4-2x10 debuted in the Price Guide a year ago. 12-inch is being added after determining there is enough production from the region to track prices weekly.

One other change is a switch in the juxtaposition of the columns for Inland Red Cedar #3&Btr 2-face and #3&Btr boards on Page 7.

Canadian Fir&Larch 2x12 to be added to price guide-- 8:30 a.m. Pacific Time, September 18, 2017

April 2017 Price Guide Revision

One change coming with April price guide update

One change in the Random Lengths Lumber Price Guide is coming with the April 7 issue.

A column for Inland Red Cedar #3&Btr boards graded on both faces will be added next to the traditional #3&Btr column on Page 7 of the 12-page weekly Random Lengths report.

This column of 1x4-1x12 prices will capture the market for a higher quality Cedar board that is more commonly produced today and generates a substantial premium to its traditional counterpart.

One change coming with April price guide update -- 8:30 a.m. Pacific Time, March 20, 2017

October 2016 Price Guide Revision

Canadian Fir&Larch prices headline price guide update

Several updates and changes to the Random Lengths price guides are coming in early October.

Chief among them are new prices for Fir&Larch #2&Btr 2x4-2x10 from Canadian mills in the Southern Interior of British Columbia. This production competes directly in U.S. markets with Fir&Larch output from mills in the U.S. Inland region, as well as with Douglas Fir produced at U.S. mills in the Coast region.

These prices will be published in a column next to Inland Fir&Larch on Page 5 of the Lumber Price Guide, as well as on the Midweek Report.

Also on Page 5 and Midweek, prices for Stud grade in all Inland species will convert to #2/#2&Btr. A deduction for Stud grade will be published as a footnote. This change is a result of an evolution away from Stud grade to #2/#2&Btr.

In the Panel Price Guide, the top heading for particleboard and medium density fiberboard will be changed to “Composite Panels” to more accurately encompass all reported prices under this heading.

Canadian Fir&Larch prices headline price guide update -- 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time, September 20, 2016

April 2016 Price Guide Revision

Price guide will no longer track White Pine RWRL

Sales of Idaho White Pine in random width/random length loads were in vogue until the 1980s, but sales in recent years have been, just as in other species, much more specified.

With the next round of price guide changes taking effect with the April 8 issue, Random Lengths will no longer report Idaho White Pine RWRL prices for Sterling, Standard, and Utility grades on Page 7. No other changes to the price guides are planned.

Idaho White Pine in general has been less heavily traded, with only a handful of mills still cutting the species. A heavy share of sales historically shipped to the Northeast, where Eastern White Pine has captured market share. Buying or selling random width loads is foreign to many traders today.

“That’s how we always used to do everything in the ’80s to get rid of our tallies,” one source noted. “We didn’t have huge runs, and when you have a smaller run you don’t want to be stuck. We would run it and say, ‘Here’s the tally.’ The distributor would be the bulk breaker and take the credit risk.” 

Price guide will no longer track White Pine RWRL -- 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time, March 21, 2016


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