AM Live Ag Report

FRESNO, Calif.

If you love pears, you may have to wait a while before you can enjoy California's crop.

This is the time of year when pear harvest typically begins, but the California Pear Advisory Board says this year's crop remains at least two weeks away from harvest. Orchards along the Sacramento River may start picking pears by about July 18.

Cooler than average spring weather delayed the crop. Once the harvest begins, farmers expect to produce about 67,000 tons of pears this season.

California's wheat harvest also started later than usual this year because of cool spring weather.

More winter wheat acreage was planted this year. The California Farm Bureau reports, a government forecast predicts a 6-percent increase in total wheat production. However, the yield per acre is expected to be down in part because of problems caused by spring rains.

Durum wheat, which is grown in the desert, could have near record yields. It's used mainly to make pasta.

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