About 35 million bushels of U.S fresh-market apples had yet to be shipped as of May 1, 6% less than last year at the same time.
The May total is, however, 6% higher than the 5-year average, according to the May Market News report from the Vienna, Va.-based U.S. Apple Association.
Washington accounted for 31 million of the 35 million bushels still in storage. Michigan had 1.7 million bushels, New York 1.5 million bushels and Pennsylvania 375,000 bushels.
Storage supplies of most leading varieties were down compared to last year. Red delicious holdings fell from 16.2 million to 13.6 million bushels; galas from 5 million to 4.2 million bushels; golden delicious from 4.5 million to 4.2 million bushels; and fujis from 5.1 million to 3.3 million bushels.
Granny smith holdings increased from 4.1 million to 5.4 million bushels and Pink Lady apples from 841,000 to 912,000 bushels.