Heat Bitter Sweet for Pear Orchards

7-15 pearTALENT, Ore. – The hot weather is forcing local pear orchardists to adapt, although they say it should still be a good harvest this year.

Ron Meyer, owner of Meyer Orchards, says hundred degree temperatures for weeks can halt growth, but a few days won’t have too much of an impact as long as they have enough water.

He’s even applying sunscreen to some species to protect them from burning.

He says the hot days and cooler nights should mean a sweeter fruit than normal, and it will mean they’ll have to harvest up to three weeks earlier than a typical year.

“I’ve never seen the crops this early in my life, and I’ve been in this business for 70 years,” said Meyer.

Meyer says the early harvest should actually help local growers because it doesn’t overlap with harvests in California and Washington.

That means less fruit in those states during our harvest time, and a better market for Southern Oregon.