Demand of hickory has improved over the last year. Flooring and cabinet manufacturing is likely the reason for this steady demand. High-quality hickory logs are certainly on-par with red oak species—some instances more valuable, some instances less valuable. This of course depends upon who purchases your standing timber and the quality of your trees. White oak and black walnut are still pretty hot right now!
As I've mentioned continuously throughout this forum, the value of a particular species depends on numerous factors such as marketing your timber to numerous licensed timber buyers due to the simple fact that certain timber buyers have much better markets for your standing timber compared to other timber buyers and not surprisingly these buyers are capable of paying much higher stumpage prices; tree diameter; species; external tree/log defects; internal tree/log defects; merchantable log length; volume; contract stipulations, etc.
Again, it is all about quality, quality, and quality. If you have quality timber and marketing savvy, you should have no problems selling your hickory—you just need to find the most competent and capable timber buyers!