Harsh summer temperatures ushered in an early pear harvest for Hood River Valley.
Fruit bearing trees were ready two weeks early, causing pickers to scramble and collect the crop starting in late July.
The Hood River News talked ramifications with growers around the upper and lower valley. The consensus: summer pears are looking good, if in some cases a little small. Laborers to pick the fruit also remains an issue.
Columbia Gorge Fruit Growers executive director Jean Godfrey said the pear harvest began last week, which is two weeks earlier than its usual mid-August...