The first U.S. apple storage survey of the season shows 144.8 million 42-pound bushels were in storage as of Nov. 1, accoring to the Vienna, Virg.-based U.S. Apple Association. That's down 9 percent from the same time in 2008.

The average price that growers are receiving for fresh-market apples is about 32 cents per pound, down from about 42 cents per pound in 2008. The five-year average for Nov. 1 is about 35 cents per pound.

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