Pear Crop Down This Year

TALENT, Ore. — The pear crop forecast is down this year from years past.  Orchardists say this is due to an early season frost along with natural causes. The drought is not impacting the pear crop at many orchards.  Most orchardists pull water from irrigation districts.  This will keep them from running out of water … Continue reading »

Warm Temps Could Mean Early Pear Harvest

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Pear Orchard Farm and at several other orchards in the Rogue Valley have seen the fruit trees already start to develop. Fruit trees are in the early stages of development, and at this point they are farther along than they would be on a typical year. The warm temperatures from early spring … Continue reading »

OSU Research Helps Prevent Fire Blight

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Researchers at Oregon State University have helped find a way to fight a disease that kills apple and pear trees. The disease is called fire blight, and scientists say it can spread quickly when flowers are in bloom. OSU researchers say spraying a yeast-based product will help prevent fire blight. That or … Continue reading »

Pear Gene Bank Hosts Field Day

CORVALLIS, Ore. — The National Clonal Germplasm Repository in Corvallis has over 2,000 pear trees from over 56 countries, and the public can see them on Thursday. The United Stated Department of Agriculture (USDA) has 30 gene banks nationwide, collecting living fruit and nut varieties. One gene bank is in Corvallis, where thousands of different … Continue reading »