Pears Crop Guide

Estimated Cost $2,500 per acre establishment; $100 per acre annual operating and harvest; 6 years to first harvest
Market Outlets Local sales, farmers markets
Market Potential Poor; only low volume needed
Profit Potential $0 to $800 per acre
Adapted Areas Most of Texas
Labor Requirements Very low, one man per 25 acres except at harvest
Equipment Requirements Tractor, shredder, hand gun sprayer
Soil Requirements Widely adapted
Water Requirements Rainfall only except in West Texas
Minimum Size 1/4 acre
Risk Factor High
Other Limiting Factors High quality pears such as Bartlett are not adapted to Texas because fireblight kills the trees.
Comments Asian pears are untested in Texas but may hold some potential in areas with large oriental population. Consider Asian pears a high risk crop at this time.

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