Pear Update Pt 2

Pear Update Pt 2

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson with today’s Fruit Grower Report. The Northwest pear crop turned out a bit smaller than expected, but with demand what it is, there should be plenty of pears.

Pear Bureau Northwest president, Kevin Moffitt says there should be plenty of pears for consumers and that’s where they’re headed this time of year …

MOFFITT … “So, right now we’re concentrating on getting this crop into the marketplace and getting it through, thru-puts and into consumer’s hands and it’s looking pretty good. The pricing has been good, steady and the movements been good.”

But how have the rising costs of production factored into that …

MOFFITT … “Well, I think that the pricing that they’re talking about right now, that I’ve heard, that the shippers and growers are talking about has been enough to survive the input costs that have gone up.”

A smaller crop, Moffitt says impacts the prices …

MOFFITT … “Having these relatively smaller crops makes a big difference because, you know, the demands there for this size of a crop, easily. Our domestic demand plus what export we’re still getting, which is basically going to Mexico and Canada, taking the vast majority of our exports these days. But, with the size of our crop that demand is keep those prices in a good range.”

Which, Moffitt says worked out this year …

MOFFITT … “If you had these prices a few years back when you had less input costs, it would sure look a lot better. But, we’re still, it’s definitely above break-even, sure. I mean, they’re going to make some money.”

And, Moffitt says this is “Celebrate Pears Month” so make sure you don’t miss out.

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