[NAFEX] Pears are Early

Louis Pittman lucky.pittman at murraystate.edu
Sun Aug 14 14:31:00 EDT 2011

Yep.  Been battling - well, actually, not battling, but trying to make the
best of the situation - the birds for the past couple of weeks - really
pecking the heck out of the pears - and once they make a hole, the wasps,
yellowjackets, and hornets - I've seen both the big European and white-faced
types - come in and rapidly consume them, leaving only a skin and core.
Have been picking everything that looks close to ripe every couple of days -
and picking all the damaged pears, trimming, slicing, and drying in the

Lucky Pittman
Hopkinsville, KY

On Sun, Aug 14, 2011 at 10:53 AM, nottke1 <nottke1 at earthlink.net> wrote:

> Bird pecks appeared on the pears about two weeks early this year, Aug 11 vs
> a "normal" Sept 1.
> So yesterday I harvested all my pears.  Ayers, Asian pears (all varieties),
> "apple pears", and Bartlett types all had dark brown to black seeds.  Only
> Kieffer still had pale colored seeds and were still very hard.
> The damaged pears were pared and sauteed - only took about 15 minutes for
> all to get soft, so they were ready to be harvested.
> Jim Nottke
> Zone 7
> Pfafftown, North Carolina
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