Pear harvest late, but could be among largest


The 2011 Rogue Valley pear harvest is shaping up to be among the latest on record. It also could be one of the largest in decades.

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The 2011 Rogue Valley pear harvest is shaping up to be among the latest on record. It also could be one of the largest in decades.

Growers and scientists now anticipate the red pear harvest to start Aug. 20, Bartletts the last week in August and Comice on Sept. 10.

“I believe we’re not at the latest ever, but we’re projecting within a few dates of the latest ever,” said Oregon State University horticulturist David Sugar, of the Southern Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station. “The primary determinant of how long the growing season is going to be is in the first month after bloom,” he said. “The cold late April and May affected us the most. Most of the pear harvesting will be in the month of September, but it’s expected to go into October. The hope is for a long, warm fall.”

With Associated Fruit’s orchard operations vastly truncated, the industry reeling from a frost-bit 2010 crop and some orchard blocks being torn out, local expectations were weren’t high. But Naumes Inc. is expanding its packing operations in anticipation of bumper crop.

Read more in today’s Mail Tribune.




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