Pear Pruning Ahead of Schedule

Pear Pruning Ahead of ScheduleTALENT, Ore. — The water year is impacting one of Southern Oregon’s most precious crops. Local pear orchardists are in pruning season and ahead of schedule.

Normally, orchardists like Ron Meyer would be about 10% of the way finished with pruning pear trees at this point in the season. But because of the extremely dry conditions, Meyer says he’s almost halfway finished, 40% of the way done.

“We’ve been able to do a lot of work earlier than normal because we’ve had such a dry season so far, even though we had snow of the ground for a week, the ground is quite dry,” Meyer said.

The cold temperatures also helped push the pear trees into a deep dormant sleep. That is apparently the best time to stimulate growth by pruning.