About 91 million bushels of fresh-market U.S. apples were in storage on Jan. 1, 1% more than last year at the same time.
The January total also is 8% higher than the five-year average, according to the January Market News report from the Vienna, Va.-based U.S. Apple Association.
Washington accounted for about 76 million bushels of the total. Michigan still had about 6.5 million bushels in storage, New York 5.4 million bushels and Pennsylvania 1.3 million bushels.
January holdings were up over last year despite holdings for several leading varieties being lower.
About 28.6 million bushels of red delicious were in storage, down from 31 million bushels last year. Fuji holdings fell from 14.9 million to 9.7 million bushels, golden delicious from 9.9 million to 8.7 million bushels and cripps pink from 2.9 million to 2.8 million bushels.
Gala holdings increased from 15.1 million to 15.6 million bushels and granny smith holdings from 9.2 million to 11.4 million bushels.
Much higher volumes of mcintoshes, empires and other traditionally Midwestern and Eastern varieties had yet to be shipped as of Jan. 1 compared to last year at the same time, as Michigan, New York and other states east of the Mississippi continue to bounce back from devastating 2012 freezes.