Forecasts for pear production contain good and bad news depending on who you are.
USDA Economist Agnes Perez said that production in the U.S. is expected to decline for the fourth consecutive year.
“This year’s production will be the smallest production reported since 1980 if realized.”
The current estimate expects to see about 1.4 billion pounds nationwide, down four percent versus last year. Washington is down 20 percent, while Oregon did see a slight increase.
Perez also noted that around two-thirds of this year’s crop is going to the fresh market.
“Bartlett pears are still going to processing, but there’s been an increasing share of bartletts going to the fresh market.”
It all adds up to stronger pear prices for the upcoming year.