The California pear harvest will get underway in a few weeks. One main
concern this year is the amount of Fire Blight in the orchards in
California. This has been one of the worst seasons for this in many
years. Growers are having to cut out large sections of their trees in
some cases to combat this problem. Fruit sizing is still a concern as
well since the bloom was so long this year. There are many small pears
on the trees along with larger ones. Picking this years crop may be
difficult as a result of this.