As of May 1st fresh apple shipments have plunged 13 percent compared to a year ago.
This means U.S. fresh-market apples remaining to be shipped total 38.6 million bushel cartons on May 1st compared to 44.2 million cartons at the same time last year and 2 percent less than the 5-year average of 39.2 million cartons.
By variety, the May 1st apples remaining to be shipped compared with a year ago, were:
- Fuji: 4.71 million cartons, down 17 percent;
- Gala: 7.51 million cartons, down 4 percent;
- Golden delicious: 1.67 million cartons, down 43 percent;
- Granny smith: 4.85 million cartons, down 42 percent;
- Honeycrisp: 2.67 million cartons, up 9 percent;
- Cripps pink/Pink Lady: 2.23 million cartons, up 17 percent; and
- Red delicious: 11.9 million cartons, down 1 percent.
Washington state accounts for approximately 92 percent of the remaining 2018 apple crop.
Oneonta Starr Ranch of Wenatchee, WA reports Washington apple shipments have been pretty steady in May. Washington apple loading will continue until the start of the 2019 season.