Northwest Pear Shipments will be Fewer, but Still Good Loading Opportunities

Northwest Pear Shipments will be Fewer, but Still Good Loading Opportunities

While Northwest pear shipments are forecast to decline by 9 percent from last season, and 6 percent compared to the 5-year average, good loading opportunities should remain.

The estimate for the 2019-29 fresh pear shipping season is 17.3 million 44-pound box equivalents. However, the decline doesn’t affect organic production, which at 10 percent of the overall crop, is seeing a 20 percent gain over last season.

The estimate includes Washington’s Wenatchee and Yakima valleys, and Oregon’s Mid-Columbia and Medford districts.

Estimates for pear varieties, and their percentage of the overall crop, are:

  • Green anjous:8.8 million boxes (51 percent);
  • Bartletts: 4.4 million boxes (26 percent);
  • Boscs: 2.2 million boxes (13 percent); and
  • Red anjous: 1 million boxes (6 percent).

The green anjou and bartlett crops are down single digits, but the bosc estimate is a 30 percent drop from the most recent season and 23 percent lower than the 5-year average. Red anjou estimates are a slight increase over last season, according to a news release.

 Organic production is expected to be 1.76 million boxes, 10 percent of the total crop. That’s a 20 percent increase in organic production from the 2018-19 season. Of that, about 652,000 boxes will be green anjous, about 645,400 boxes will be bartletts and about 272,400 are boscs.

Harvests are expected to be about a week later than last season, which is close to the historical average.  Starkrimsons start the first 2 weeks of August, followed in mid-August by bartletts. Anjou harvest starts the last week of August in all districts except in Mid-Columbia, which is early September. Bosc and comice harvest is from mid-August through mid-September, and concorde, forelle and seckel picking is in August and September in the four districts.