Fall Fruit Come Off. I'm Greg Martin with today's Fruit Grower Report.
Bruce Grimm, executive director of the Washington State Horticultural Association was looking at the thermostat the other day as temperatures in Eastern Washington were climbing towards the 90's again this week. Pear and apple harvests are going on. We start with pears.
GRIMM: Bartlett wise are probably picking out in the Wenatchee district a little over our estimate. Fruit size is probably the real culprit there, larger sizes than we have seen. The spring weather certainly did have an impact on fruit finish. We're seeing slightly more fancies in the pack than we would normally see in this district but I think the big news is that there are just more big pears in the pack than most years.
He says that the Anjou harvest is just getting underway.
GRIMM: We'll probably have a pretty good sized crop of Anjou as well. There'll probably be a range of sizes again the trees generally in the Wenatchee River Valley had a very heavy crop on the so I think as they say we'll see a mixture of sizes in there and probably just a tad more fancies again.
And again the weather is as unpredictable as usual.
GRIMM: This late weather burst here is certainly going to add to size and pears like hot weather and we are getting it in spades. So I look for the overall Anjou crop size and fruit size to be up there pretty good.
Tomorrow we will chat about how the apple crop and labor is doing.
That's today's Fruit Grower Report. I'm Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network.