A record 34.1 million(42-pound) bushels of fresh market apples remained in storage to be shipped on June 1 — a 23 percent increase from a year ago.
The final MarketNews storage report of the season by the U.S. Apple Association also showed processing apples still in storage were 28 percent more than the June 1, 2019 report, with 13.8 million pounds.
At 47.9 million bushels, the overall fresh and processing apples still in storage on June 1 was a record, 24 percent over last season at the same time and 26 percent more than the five-year average.
The association will resume its monthly storage report in November, with numbers on the new crop.
Washington has 5.9 million fresh-market bushels in regular storage and 29.2 million bushels in controlled-atmosphere on June 1.
The leading fresh-market apples in storage on June 1 were:
- Red delicious: 8.3 million bushels;
- Gala: 6.7 million bushels;
- Granny smith: 5.2 million;
- Fuji: 4.7 million bushels; and
- Golden delicious: 2.8 million bushels.