Kevin Moffitt, president and chief executive officer of the Pear Bureau
Northwest in Milwaukie, OR, does not anticipate that rainy conditions in
Oregon will create any undue delays in harvesting of the state's pear crop.
"The recent rain may cause some delay, maybe one day," he told The Produce
News Aug. 31.
“When we did our first crop forecast in June, there was talk then that the
harvest would be delayed,” he said. Spring conditions during the growing
season were cooler than normal and wet, and Mr. Moffitt said that pollination
was affected. As a result, harvest timetables were expected to be between one
and two weeks behind normal schedules.
Rain showers were expected to end by Aug. 31, and Mr. Moffitt said that
growers were preparing for a warming trend starting Sept. 1. “Fruit size is
behind where the growers want it to be,” he said. “But the fruit can size up
He added that the additional moisture will help plump the pears up as the
Starkrimson pears were already being harvested, and Mr. Moffitt said that
some Bartlett producers began their harvest around Aug. 22.
“We’re going to have plenty of fruit this year,” he concluded. Volume is
expected to be good for both domestic and export markets.