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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