Orchardists in Washington and Oregon expect to harvest 20.5 million boxes of fresh pears this fall. That’s just 2 percent below last season’s crop and 2 percent above the five-year average.
Harvest of Bartlett pears should begin in early August in Washington and the Mid-Columbia district, about a week ahead of last year, according to figures presented during the annual meeting of the Pear Bureau Northwest in Portland, Oregon, this week.
Two years ago, growers harvested a record 21.6 million boxes of fresh pears. Kevin Moffitt, Pear Bureau president. said this is the first time in 15 years that the crop has dropped in two successive seasons. Typically, volumes go up one year and down the next.