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U.S. Apple Loadings for New Season May Be down Slightly

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By U.S. Apple Association

USApple calculates the USDA’s August estimate of 253.6 million bushels (down 3 percent from the 2019 crop) would be the 9th largest crop since the government department began reporting apple production in the 1940s.

The 2019 apple crop was the 6th largest crop in history, said the U.S. Apple Association recently at the organization’s 125th Annual Crop and Outlook Marketing Conference. Apple exports also rebounded during the past year, with a 15 percent increase in volume.

At 262 million (42lb units) bushels, the 2019 apple crop was up 8 percent in volume from 2018.

The industry continued the trend to adapt to consumer preferences by increasing production of Honeycrisp, which is expected to rise by 12 percent, moving it ahead of Granny Smith and Fuji into third place in national production.

“With the 2018 crop, Red Delicious lost the position it had held for decades as the largest volume variety to Gala,” said USApple Director of Regulatory and Industry Affairs Mark Seetin. “Projections for the current crop are that Gala will continue to expand its edge over Red Delicious and will remain the largest volume variety produced.” 

The 2020 top five produced apple varieties are: 1) Gala 2) Red Delicious 3) Honeycrisp 4) Granny Smith and 5) Fuji.

The top 3 varieties (Gala, Red Delicious and Honeycrisp) comprise 48 percent of all production. The top five varieties (adding Granny Smith and Fuji) comprise 67 percent. 

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U.S. Fresh Apple Shipments Forecast to be Down Slightly

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U.S. apple shipments from fresh and processed production is estimated for 2020 to be 253.6 million (42-pound) cartons, down from 262.3 million cartons in 2019, according to the USDA.

Forecast apple production this season is expected to be lower in all states except Oregon.

Late winter weather in Michigan delayed development of spring buds and some orchards there suffered a severe freeze in early May.

The USDA’s 2020 estimates for fresh and processed apples, in 42-pound cartons, with percent change from the 2019 crop:

  • California: 6.42 million cartons, down 11.5 percent;
  • Michigan: 21.9 million cartons, down 2.8 percent;
  • New York: 30.9 million cartons, down 1.6 percent;
  • Oregon: 4.28 million cartons, up 20 percent;
  • Pennsylvania: 10 million cartons, down 17.2 percent;
  • Virginia: 3.8 million cartons, 15.8 percent; and
  • Washington: 176.2 million cartons, down 2.7 percent.

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Fresh Apples Remaining to be Shipped Remain Above Last Year

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There are 21 percent more fresh apples remaining in storages to be shipped this season compared to a year ago

As of May 1 the total stood at 46.8 million 42-pound bushels, which is 21 percent greater than a year ago, and 18 percent more than the five-year average.

The U.S. Apple Association reports apples in storage for the processing market on May 1 totaled 18.4 million bushels, 18 percent more than year-ago levels, and 12 percent more than the five-year average.

While fewer fresh-market apples were moved out of storage in April, the COVID-19 pandemic did not lead to a significant drop in fresh sales from year-to-year, according to statistics in the apple association’s monthly MarketNews report.

U.S. fresh-apple movement in April was 11.99 million bushels, compared with  12.3 million in April 2019. In April 2018, 13.78 million bushels were shipped, leaving 43.95 million bushels of fresh apples in storage.

The states with the most fresh-market apples on May 1, in bushels, were:

Washington: 43.48 million; New York: 1.46 million; Michigan: 700,00; and Pennsylvania: 458,000.

The leading fresh-market varieties in storage on May 1, in bushels, were:

  • Red delicious: 11.16 million
  • Gala: 9.56 million
  • Granny smith: 6.7 million
  • Fujis: 6.13 million
  • Golden: 3.72 million
  • Honeycrisp: 3.19 million
  • Cripps pink/Pink Lady: 2.38 million

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15% More Apples Remain to be Shipped Over Last Season

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Total apples remaining to be shipped from U.S. storages has remained consistently high so far this year, holding steady at 15 percent up from a year ago-on-year.,

As of April 1st in the U.S., there were 81.7 million bushels of apples in storage, up from 71.3 million last year. This year’s figure is also 8 percent above the five-year average.

Fresh apples in storage specifically were registered at 58.7 million, which is also 15 percent up last year. But it is only fractionally higher than the 2017 figure for April of 57.7 million.

Apples for processing in storage came in at 23 million bushels, up 12 percent from a year ago, and slightly below the 23.5 million registered at the same point in the 2017 season.

Breaking down fresh apples in storage remaining to shipped by varieties as of April 1:

Fuji is at 7.7m bushels (6.2m in 2019, 7.2m in 2018) Gala is at 12.3m bushels (9.8m in 2019, 10.7m in 2018) Golden Delicious is at 4.3m bushels (2.3m in 2019, 3.8m in 2018) Granny Smith is at 8m bushels (6m in 2019, 10.1m in 2018) Honeycrisp is at 4.5m bushels (3.8m in 2019, 3.3m in 2018) Pink Lady/Cripps Pink is at 2.9m bushels (2.9m in 2019, 3.3m in 2018) Red Delicious is at 13.6m bushels (15m in 2019, 15.6m in 2018)

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U.S. Fresh Apples Remaining to be Shipped are Up 14%

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A significant 14 percent more U.S. fresh apples remain in storages to be shipped this year, which is 7 percent greater than the five-year average.

In its fifth storage report of the 2019-20 season, the U.S. Apple Association reports fresh inventories on March 1 are 74.4 million cartons, 14 percent up from 65.1 million cartons last year and 2.3 percent higher than the 72.7 million cartons on hand two years ago.
In comparison with year-ago levels, U.S. Apple reported March 1 inventories of:

  • Fuji: 9.77 million cartons, up 21 percent;
  • Gala: 15,80 million cartons, up 23 percent;
  • Granny smith: 9.6 million cartons, up 29 percent;
  • Honeycrisp: 6.48 million cartons, up 28 percent;
  • Cripps pink/Pink Lady: 3.75 million cartons, up 4 percent;
  • Red delicious: 16.39 million cartons, down 12 percent.

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15% More Apples Remain in U.S. Storages this Season; Plus Washington Update

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There are 15 percent more fresh apples remaining to be shipped from U.S. storages than a year. This is according to the first storage report of the year from the U.S. Apple Association.

Apples in storage as of November 1st totaled 132.1 million cartons, up 15 percent from a year ago.

Meanwhile, apple for processing stood at 47.1 million cartons, up 23 percent greater than last season.  Total apples in storage totaled 179.2 million bushels, 17 percent more than last November’s total of 153.4 million cartons and 5 percent more than the 5-year average for that date.

The latest estimate for the Washington apples is 138.2 million fresh packed boxes, up slightly from the August forecast.

At 138.2 million boxes, the November estimate is up less than 1 pecent from the August forecast and 18 percent higher than  the 116.7 million carton crop of 2018.

The top 6 Washington fresh apple varieties this year, compared with a year ago, are:

  • Gala: 23.5 percent , down from 23.6 percent a year ago:
  • Red delicious: 19.7 percent, down from 24.2 percent last year;
  • Fuji: 13.1 percent, compared with 13percent last year;
  • Granny smith: 12.8 percent, up from 11.6 percent last year;
  • Honeycrisp: 12.5 percent, up from 10.4 percent a year ago; and
  • Golden delicious: 5.5 percent, up from 3.9 percent last year.

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USDA is Predicting 2019-20 Season Apple Shipments to be up 4 Percent

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A 4 percent increase in U.S. apple shipments is forecast by the USDA for the upcoming 2019-20 season.

The 2019 crop — fresh and processing crops — is forecast at 10.6 billion pounds, or 252.4 million (42-pound) cartons. An increase of 4 percent from a year ago.

“Washington growers reported favorable summer growing weather, contributing to a crop with excellent quality and finish,” the USDA reported in its forecast.

New York growers also reported good growing conditions. In Michigan, a wet spring hampered pollination. Below normal fruit counts in Michigan were partially offset by good fruit sizing, according to the report.

The USDA forecast for the major apple shipping states are:

  • California: 300 million pounds, up 20 percent from 250 million pounds last year;
  • Michigan: 1.05 billion pounds, unchanged from a year ago;
  • New York: 1.25 billion pounds, down 10 percent from 1.4 billion pounds last year;
  • Pennsylvania: 500 million pounds, up 2 percent from 488 million pounds in 2018;
  • Virginia: 185 million pounds, down 9 percent from 204 million pounds a year ago; and 
  • Washington: 7.2 billion pounds, up 7 percent from 6.7 billion pounds in 2018.

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U.S. Apple Loadings are Expected to Increase from Last Season

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U.S. apple shipments are expected to total over 267 million 42-pound carton equivalents, a 9 percent increase from the 244 million boxes loaded during the previous season.

Washington Apple Shipments

Washington had a smaller crop during the 2018 season than in 2017 – an estimated 117 million 40-pound boxes compared to 133 million boxes. This season increased shipments are expected.

Red delicious, gala, golden delicious, granny smith, Pink Lady, Honeycrisp and fuji are the top apple varieties, with the Cosmic Crisp being shipped in December for the first time.

Michigan Apple Shipments

Michigan apple shipments will get underway on normal schedule around mid- to late August, depending on variety. A good crop is seen. Last year’s volume was 25 million 42-pound box equivalents. The average crop size is about 25.2 million boxes.

Michigan grows many varieties, including consumer favorites like Honeycrisp, gala and fuji. The state also produces a number of popular club varieties, Smith said.

New York Apple Shipments

New York apple shipments for the season are estimated to be around 31 million bushels. Early variety loadings get underway in mid- to late August.

New York will be shipping SweeTango and favorites like Honeycrisp, gala, red delicious, mcintosh, empire, cortland and more. 

California Apple Shipments

California apple shipments dipped last year because of bad weather, but should reach 1.5 million to 2 million 40-pound box equivalents, compared to 1.1 million boxes for the previous year.

Although the state had a rainy winter and spring, the apple loadings have just got underway with galas, as usual, followed by granny smith in August, fuji in September, Pink Lady in October and braeburn and other varieties after that.

California growers do not ship out of storage.

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Fewer U.S. Apple Shipments this Season, but There Still will be Good Volume

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C3Just about everyone is in agreement there will be fewer U.S. apple shipments this season, which extends into the late summer of 2019.  How many fewer, depends upon whom you ask.

The U.S. Apple Association is predicting 256.16 million, 42-pound cartons will be shipped.  This is 6 percent below the USDA’s forecast, as well a 6 percent less than a year ago.

Western Apple Shipments

More specifically, the U.S. Apple Association is predicting this season’s Washington apple shipments will be at 155 million cartons, which is 10 percent below the USDA’s  forecast of 171.4 million cartons.  The U.S. Apple estimate for Washington is off 13 percent from 2017 shipments and 5 percent below the five-year average.

Washington growers reported that

The early harvested apple crop has fallen short of the expectations of Washington growers due to uneven bloom timing, which resulted in uneven maturity rates in orchards.

In total, Western U.S. apple shipments are estimated at 166.2 million cartons, off 9 percent from the USDA’s estimate and 12 percent below a year ago.

Midwest and Eastern Apple Shipments

The U.S. Apple Association and USDA figures pretty well match for Michigan and New York. The U.S. Apple estimates for New York is 31 million cartons, unchanged from the USDA estimate of 30.9 million cartons and the same as last year’s output.

Michigan apple shipments estimated U.S. Apple stand at 28 million cartons, unchanged from the USDA’s 27.96 million carton estimate.  Michigan’s forecasted crop is 40 percent above a year ago and 8 percent higher than the five-year average.

Michigan accounts for about 90 percent of Midwest apple shipments.

BelleHarvest Fruit Sales Inc. of Belding, MI reports while this season’s forecast shows a nice rebound in volume, it falls short of the record 2016 apple shipments of 30.4 million cartons.

Fifty percent of the Michigan apple crop will consist of Fuji, Honeycrisp and gala, a number expected to increase in coming years.

The U.S. Apple estimate for the Midwest stands at 31.6 million cartons, virtually unchanged from the USDA estimate of 31.4 million cartons and up 35 percent from a year ago.

Eastern Apple Shipments

Crist Brothers Apple Orchards of Walden, NY points out various apple shipping regions in the East have similar volume to last year, which includes New England’s Vermont, which had some dry weather.

Virginia apple shipments have experienced excessive rains since last May and June, but is still expecting normal shipments.

Pennsylvania apple shipments are expected to total 12-million bushels, down 5 percent from last year.

New York apple shipments from Hudson Valley should be similar to the five-year average.

Western New York shipments are predicted to be about the same as a year ago.

The U.S. Apple estimate predicts Eastern U.S. apple shipments to total  58.4 million cartons, nearly unchanged from the USDA’s estimate of 58.7 million cartons and down only 1 percent from a year ago.

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