Oregon pear growers expect near-record harvest

Oregon pear growers expect near-record harvest

Oregon and Washington's pear harvests will approach a record this year.

Estimates made in June, well before picking began, projected a fresh market harvest of 19.8 million 44-pound boxes, the standard measurement unit. The estimate was 4 percent larger than the five-year average, and would have made it the third largest crop grown by the Wenatchee and Yakima regions of Washington and the Mid-Columbia and Medford regions of Oregon.

The record is 20.5 million boxes, set in 2011-12, with the 2009-10 harvest of 20.1 million boxes in second place. Since the June estimate was made for 2013-14, excellent growing conditions resulted in a bigger crop than expected.

Read more at The Capital Press.