California pear crop drops 13 percent

October 9, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A smaller pear crop in California means higher prices at the grocery store.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says California's pear production this year is 13 percent lower than last year's.

Ag officials say the reduced production from California means the nation's fresh pear supplies will be smaller this season. And with fewer supplies, prices for fresh pears are expected to go up.