About 31.2 million bushels of fresh-market U.S. apples had yet to be shipped as of May 1, 12% fewer than the year before.

Apple holdings fall 12% below last year's levels

The May total was, however, 5% above the five-year average of 29.6 million bushels.

Those are among the findings of the Vienna, Va.-based U.S. Apple Association’s May Market News report.

By variety, May fresh apple holdings were down for golden delicious, granny smiths and fujis, up for galas and virtually unchanged for red delicious.

About 14.2 million bushels of fresh reds had yet to be shipped, just 33,000 bushels more than last year at the same time. Galas rose from 2.6 million to 3 million bushels.

Golden holdings fell from 5.4 million to 3.9 million bushels, grannys from 5.6 million to 3.5 million and fujis from 3.9 million to 2.7 million.