The Pacific Northwest pear crop is expected to be 6% smaller this fall.
If the forecast holds, the 2012 Washington and Oregon pear crop will be the fifth largest in history at 19.3 million, 44-pound boxes, said Kevin Moffitt, president of The Pear Bureau Northwest.
Growers will pay a new, unified assessment of 38.5 cents per box for fresh pear promotions instead of 30 cents for summer/fall pears and 41 cents for winter pears. The assessment change and crop forecast occurred at the annual meeting of the Fresh Pear Committee and The Pear Bureau Northwest in Portland.
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