Higher fresh apples in storage, but not much above 5-year average
At 87.9 million 42-pound bushels, the Feb. 1 apple storage totals were just 4% over the five-year fresh apple numbers, according to the apple association.
Apples in storage for processing markets on Feb. 1 totaled 34.9 million bushels, a 20% increase from the same time last season. Overall fresh/processing apples in storage Feb. 1 were 122.8 million bushels, a 14% increase from the past season, and 4% above the five-year average, according to the U.S. Apple Association.
The leading fresh variety apples, in millions of bushels, in storage Feb. 1 were:
- Red delicious: 19.13
- Gala: 18.72
- Fuji: 11.16
- Granny smith: 11.04
- Honeycrisp: 8.32
- Golden delicious: 5.88
The availability of Cosmic Crisps dropped from 175,238 bushels to 44,762 bushels on Feb. 1, according to the report.