Estimates for the 2013-14 Northwest fresh pear crop were revised by the Pear Bureau Northwest on May 30. According to the report, the region’s producers expect a total crop of approximately 19.836 million boxes this season, up 2 percent from the 2012-13 crop.
The estimated crop is also predicted to be 4 percent higher than the five-year average.
The total Northwest summer/fall pear volume is anticipated to be approximately 4.7 million boxes, down 5 percent from 2012. A breakdown by variety, approximate volume and increase/decrease from 2012 revealed the following: Green Bartlett/4.3 million boxes, down 5 percent; Red Bartlett and other summer-fall pears/87,500 boxes, down 16 percent; and Starkrimson/ 296,300 boxes, down 5 percent.
The total Northwest winter pear volume is anticipated to be approximately 15 million boxes, up 4 percent from 2012.
A breakdown by variety, approximate volume and increase/decrease from 2012 is as follows: Anjou/10.3 million boxes, up 3 percent; Bosc/2.959 million boxes, up 7 percent; Red Anjou/1 million boxes, up 6 percent; Comice/216,800 boxes, up 4 percent; Seckel, 49,000 boxes, down 3 percent; Concorde/67,200 boxes, down 14 percent; other red winter pears/28,000 boxes, up 104 percent; and other winter pear varieties/99,300 boxes; down 23 percent.
Organic fresh pear volumes are included in the above estimates. Total organic pear production for summer-fall pear volume is 285,600 boxes. A total of 613,700 boxes of winter pears are expected to be produced. According to the report, the following volumes of organic fruit are expected to be produced this season: Green Bartlett/242,200 boxes; Red Bartlett and other summer and fall pears/20,100 boxes; Starkrimson/23,300 boxes; Anjou/381,500 boxes; Bosc/170,800 boxes; Comice/1,600 boxes; Red Anjou/46,500 boxes; Concorde/12,500 boxes; and Taylors Gold/800 boxes.