Stephen Bratkovich, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org
Prices remain flat for the most part. A big question is whether domestic demand and housing starts will pick up this spring, as exports have fallen off. Consumer spending in the U.S is showing some signs of strength but the our markets still heavily depend on exports. China's economic concerns and strong dollar influence exports. Interestingly, for the last few quarters the Black Cherry prices in NE are higher on average than the NW. I can't read into it too much but maybe signs of limited high quality Cherry availability in NW.