Despite severe crop losses in Michigan and New York, U.S. apple holdings are up 9% from a year ago.
About 103 million bushels of fresh-market apples had yet to shipped as of Dec. 1, up from 95 million bushels on Dec. 1, 2011, and also 9% higher than the five-year average, according to the December Market News report from the Vienna, Va.-based U.S. Apple Association.
Freeze-related losses in Michigan and New York continue to be offset by an expected record crop in Washington. By variety, about 34 million bushels of fresh-market red delicious had yet to be shipped as of Dec. 1, up from 31.5 million bushels last year at the same time.
Holdings also were up for other major varieties. Galas rose from 16.2 million to 17.6 million bushels, fujis from 10.4 million to 17 million bushels, golden delicious from 10 million to 11.1 million bushels and granny smiths from 10.3 million to 10.8 million bushels.