In 2009, the Nation’s utilized production of the leading noncitrus fruit crops totaled 18.1 million tons, up 3 percent from the 2008 utilized production. Utilized production increased from 2008 for avocados, sweet cherries, tart cherries, red raspberries, California prunes, prunes and plums (Idaho, Michigan, Oregon, and Washington), blackberries, strawberries, pears, California dates, and apples.
South Africa’s total production of canned Bulida Apricots is estimated at 31,190 MT for marketing year 2008/09 and this represents a 17 percent decrease compared to the 2007/08 production of 38,898 MT. It is forecast that production for marketing year 2009/10 will be slightly higher than this year’s production at 40,100 MT.
A total production of 95,481 MT of canned Clingstone peaches is estimated for marketing year 2008/09, slightly lower that last year’s production of 97,835MT. It is forecast that about 98,100 MT will be produced for marketing year 2009/10.
The index of prices received by fruit and tree nut growers fell 9 percent from the March index. Pushing down the index were significant grower price declines for grapefruit and strawberries in April from the previous month. These price declines more than offset price gains for other citrus crops and for fresh-market apples and pears during the month.
This article presents postharvest information and storage requirements for Pear. It also includes information on quality characteristics, maturity indices, grading, packaging, pre-cooling, retail display, chilling sensitivity, ethylene production and sensitivity, respiration rates, physiological disorders, postharvest pathology, quarantine issues, and suitability as fresh-cut product.
Pear diseases addressed:
- Black Rot
- Botryosphaeria Rot/White Rot
- Cercospora Leaf Spot
- Crown Gall
- Fire Blight
- Fly Speck
- Leaf Spot
- Mushroom Root Rot
- Pink Limb Blight
- Powdery Mildew
- Sooty Blotch
- Southern Blight
U.S. Citrus and Strawberry Production Forecast Down This Season, Avocados Up
The index of prices received by fruit and tree nut growers was up this January and February over the same time in 2009. Growers received higher prices due to limited supplies from California and Florida. The Consumer Price Index was down less than 1 percent from January and February in 2009. Retail prices for Red Delicious apples and bananas fell due to a big apple crop this season and to increased banana shipments from Central America.