Pear Crop Expected To Be Larger, Led By Washington And Oregon
This year's pear crop is expected to be much larger than the 2019 crop. NASS said this year's fresh pear crop is expected to hit 1.6 billion pounds, a 10% year over year increase. USDA Research Economist, Jaclyn Kramer, says Washington and Oregon growers are reporting increased crop production, 18% and 6% respectively, thanks to great growing conditions this year. While California forecast for pears is down 2% from the previous year.
Kramer said the increased production overall could put downward pressure on pear prices. But, U.S. export demand could be dampened due to various factors such as a strong dollar overseas. When it comes to what American consumers can expect:
"For the consumer prices, I look at the monthly fruit prices that was in the outlook report. They were up 27% from actually June, and this could be because that there was less supply. So with the more supplies it's likely to put the price down."
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