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On Jan. 1, about 82 million bushels of fresh-market U.S. apples had yet to be shipped, 4% more than last year at the same time, according to the Vienna, Va.-based U.S. Apple Association’s Jan. 10 Market News report.
The Jan. 1 total was also 3% above the five-year average.
In the report, Mark Seetin, the association’s director of regulatory and industry affairs, said late fall harvests likely skewed the association’s December Market News report, as some harvests occurred after the Dec. 1 end date for the report.
“Since overall movement figures represent net changes in inventory, the continuing movement into storage in early December tends to result in underestimation of actual movement to the market in those areas where harvest has been delayed,” Seetin said in the report.