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Pacific Northwest pear volume down for 2012 crop

Estimates for the 2012-2013 Northwest fresh pear crop were revised by the Pear Bureau Northwest on May 31. According to the report, the region's producers expect a total crop of approximately 19.276 million boxes this season. While the volume will be down approximately 6 percent when compared to 2011, the 2012 crop is expected to be 2 percent higher than the five-year average.

The total Northwest summer/fall pear volume is anticipated to be 4.421 million boxes, up 4 percent from 2011. A breakdown by variety, approximate volume and increase/decrease from 2011, revealed the following: Green Bartlett/4 million boxes, up 4 percent; Red Bartlett/85,450 boxes, up 2 percent; and Starkrimson and other summer/fall pears/279,650 boxes, up 5 percent.

COV4The fresh pear crop from the Pacific Northwest will be down approximately 6 percent when compared to 2011. The coming crop, however, is 2 percent larger than the five-year average. (Photo courtesy of Stemilt Growers Inc.)The total Northwest winter pear volume is anticipated to be 14.855 million boxes, down 9 percent from 2011. A breakdown by variety, approximate volume and increase/decrease from 2011 is as follows: Anjou/10.428 million boxes, down 9 percent; Bosc/2.935 million boxes, down 14 percent; Red Anjou/959,550 boxes, down 1 percent; Comice/285,175 boxes, up 4 percent; Seckel, 57,560 boxes, down 1 percent; Concorde/78,475, down 19 percent; other red winter pears/17,925 boxes, up 63 percent; and other winter pear varieties/92,700 boxes; up 12 percent.

Organic fresh pear volumes are included in the above estimates. Organic pear volume this season is expected to increase 9 percent when compared to the 2011 crop. According to the report, the following volumes of organic fruit are expected to be produced this season: Green Bartlett/227,800 boxes; Red Bartlett and other summer and fall pears/24,400 boxes; Starkrimson/25,700 boxes; Anjou/360.900 boxes; Bosc/151,200 boxes; Comice/3,740 boxes; Seckel/400 boxes; Red Anjou/29,450 boxes; and Concorde/7,300 boxes.