Michigan’s fresh-apple holdings fell from 2.9 million bushels on April 1, 2010, to just 196,000 bushels this year at the same time, the result of frosts in May 2010 that cut volumes sharply.

Apple holdings down sharply in Michigan, Eastern states

Holdings also are down significantly in New York and Pennsylvania, but they are up in industry No. 1 Washington.

About 41 million bushels of fresh-market U.S. apples were still in storage on April 1, 3% fewer than last year at the same time but 3% above the five-year average, according to the Vienna, Va.-based U.S. Apple Association’s April Market News report.

Washington’s fresh holdings rose from 35.6 million bushels on April 1, 2010, to 38.3 million this year.

About 1.5 million fresh-market bushels were still on hand in New York, down from 2.6 million in 2010. Pennsylvania’s holdings fell from 476,000 to 329,000 bushels.

April 1 holdings of red delicious apples were down from last year. Holdings of the next four largest varieties, however, were up.

About 15.4 million bushels of fresh red delicious were still on hand, down from 17.5 million on April 1, 2010.

Fuji holdings climbed from 4 million to 5.7 million bushels; golden delicious from 5.16 million to 5.23 million; galas from 4.6 million to 5 million; and granny smiths from 4.5 million to 5 million.