Smaller Pear Harvest Forecast



WASHINGTON - Aug 10/17 - SNS -- United States pear production for 2017 is forecast at 707,000 tons, down 4% from last year, according to the latest USDA production estimate's of the season.

Bartlett pear production is forecast at 337,000 tons, 2% below a year ago. Other pear production in the Pacific Coast States is forecast at 370,000 tons, 7% below last year.

In California, harvest began in the Sacramento-San Joaquin region the middle of July. Weather conditions and overall bloom were reported to be good. In Oregon, a long winter followed by a cool spring led to late harvest. In Washington, producers reported a late harvest and smaller fruit size in comparison to last year.

Pear Production - States and United States: 2016 and Forecasted August 1, 2017
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                    :                     Total production
        State       :-----------------------------------------------------------
                    :            2016             :            2017
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                    :                           tons
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California .........:           175,000                       190,000
  Bartlett .........:           141,000                       160,000
  Other ............:            34,000                        30,000
Oregon .............:           214,910                       237,000
  Bartlett .........:            53,660                        57,000
  Other ............:           161,250                       180,000
Washington .........:           348,860                       280,000
  Bartlett .........:           147,660                       120,000
  Other ............:           201,200                       160,000
                    :
United States ......:           738,770                       707,000
  Bartlett .........:           342,320                       337,000
  Other ............:           396,450                       370,000
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