Portland — The 2019 pear crop in Washington and Oregon is expected to be 6 percent below the five-year average and down 9 percent from last year’s harvest.

The forecast of 17.3 million boxes was announced at a meeting of the Pear Bureau Northwest in Portland on May 30, according to a press release Friday.

“This year’s initial crop estimate has come in lower than last year, but is nonetheless looking to be a solid crop,” Kevin Moffitt, president and CEO of PBNW, said in the release.

About 10 percent of the crop, roughly 1.76 million standard boxes, will be organic this season. That’s up 20 percent from last year’s harvest.

Pick dates are expected to be about a week later than 2018, with most varieties in mid-August and early September, according to the release.

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