Pear growers from the Pacific Northwest forecast there will be a bigger harvest in 2021 than last year. Still, this year’s crop is expected to be smaller than the five-year average. According to Pear Bureau Northwest forecasts, released on August 26, this year’s harvest is expected to yield about 16.1 million standard box equivalents of pears between Washington and Oregon. This represents a 5% increase from last year’s 15.3 million boxes, though it is still 4% lower than the five-year average of 16.8 million boxes.
These numbers are the combined production of the Northwest’s winter pears as well as the summer and fall pears. According to the PBNW, Washington and Oregon are expected to produce 11.4 million boxes of winter pears, which would be a 6% increase from last year and a 7% decrease from the previous five years.
Pear varieties that typically have smaller yields are forecasted to see more drastic reductions in production this year. There will be an estimated 23,000 boxes of Seckel pears, which would be a 34% decrease from the five-year average. About 121,000 boxes of Comice pears will be produced this year, which is a 32% decrease from the five-year average.
Wenatcheeworld.com quoted a September 8 press release from Pear Bureau Northwest saying that some farmers have said this year’s crop will be the highest quality they’ve seen in years.