August 13 2018

first_imgAugust 13 , 2018 U.S.: Northwest pear crop forecasts rises amid lar … Picking has already begun throughout the four growing regions of the Northwest and will continue throughout August and September.Pick dates for the 2018-19 season are taking place roughly a week earlier than last season, staying close to the historical average. Starkrimson harvest has begun in most districts, with the Bartlett picking starting this week.Later in the month, harvest of Comice, Bosc, Forelle and Seckel will begin with Anjou harvest commencing in September.The organic pear estimate is expected to come in at 2 million standard boxes, which would make up 10% of the total Northwest crop. Newly transitioned orchards and a strong pear crop overall have contributed to the growth in organic pears. Photo: Shutterstock You might also be interested in U.S. Northwest pear growers are expecting 20.2 million standard box equivalents of pears this season – their fourth largest crop in history.The figure, which is close to 444,400 metric tons (MT), would be 7% up on the five-year average and 26% up on 2017.The numbers are based on data from Washington’s Wenatchee and Yakima districts and Oregon’s Mid-Columbia and Medford districts.”After last year’s very small crop, our growers are pleased to have a full crop of great quality pears to meet growing consumer demand,” said Kevin Moffitt, president and CEO of the Pear Bureau Northwest (PBNW).”Retailers have a strong opportunity for pear category growth in the produce department this season and we are prepared to provide them with individual category analysis, consumer insights, and effective promotions to drive pear sales.”last_img read more