Pears

University of California Extension academics, including pear expert, retiring

Ten University of California Cooperative Extension academics, including noted pear expert Rachel Elkins, are set to retire July 1. Elkins, UC Cooperative Extension pomology farm advisor for Lake and Mendocino counties, plans to retire July 1 after 36 years... more »

USA Pears promotes plant-based meat recipes amid shortages

Pear Bureau Northwest consistently develops fresh and innovative promotional strategies for USA Pears in a rapidly changing retail and consumer landscape. In direct response to meat shortages and higher prices throughout North America, the organization... more »

Seasonal tree fruit updates at the revised Penn IPM hotline

Penn State Extension has announced a major revision to its 1-800 PENN IPM hotline to better serve the horticultural and agricultural community. Callers may now select from a greater number of integrated pest management and... more »

USDA Section 32 fresh pear purchase program announced

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced plans May 21 to purchase fresh pears for distribution to various food nutrition assistance programs. Purchases will be made under the authority of Section 32 of the Act... more »

California pear growers come out strong against ripening treatments

California pear farmers have united as an industry with a pledge to never use postharvest treatments like 1-MCP that impede ripening and create a disappointing experience for consumers. “California pear farmers are committed to producing... more »

Pear bureau responds to shifting retail environment with storage, ripening tips

Northwest pears are still in season and available, and in response to the shifting retail landscape, Pear Bureau Northwest has been working to stay innovative with a number of communication tools. These include directing consumers... more »

Pennsylvania apple, pear growers should check flowers for freeze damage

Similar to what we reported for peaches on April 21, weather stations at the Fruit Research and Extension Center in Adams County, Pennsylvania, showed that there was a strong temperature inversion about 5 a.m. with calm winds.... more »

California pear growers set to begin harvest in early July

As the nation’s food industry is working hard to keep food on our tables, California pear growers are preparing to harvest a crop of fresh pears in early July. “California pear harvest appears to be... more »

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