At 24.4 million bushels on June 1, fresh apple holdings were up 55% from last year and 39% above the five-year average.

But not all apples are created equal. Demand for less plentiful large apples is still strong this spring, grower-shippers reported, and prices are holding relatively firm.

It’s smaller apples that are clogging the pipeline. Shippers will have to continue to hustle to move them all before the 2009-10 season begins.