Little Change in Pear Harvest



WASHINGTON - Aug 12/19 - SNS -- United States pear production for 2019 is forecast at 805,000 tons, down slightly from last year, according to the USDA's latest crop production report.

Growers in Oregon reported that rains interfered with pollination, but overall quality and size is good.

In California, ideal weather conditions resulted in an excellent bloom. Growers reported good quality, shape, and sizing due to aggressive pruning.

Growers in Washington reported fire blight, hail, and heavy rain which caused damage to some trees.


Pear Production - States and United States: 2018 and Forecasted August 1, 2019
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                    :                     Total production
        State       :-----------------------------------------------------------
                    :            2018             :            2019
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                    :                           tons
                    :
California .........:           161,500                       185,000
Oregon .............:           246,000                       260,000
Washington .........:           398,000                       360,000
                    :
United States ......:           805,500                       805,000
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