HOOD RIVER, Ore. -

The pear crop in the Pacific Northwest this year is back on track after a tough 2015 when the fruit suffered from decay brought on by heat early in the growing season.

The Capital Press reports Wednesday that his year, the Bartlett pear crop is breaking a record with 4.8 million boxes produced.

D'Anjou pears are up from last year but slightly lower than the five-year average.

Exports are slightly down, however.

As of last week, about 35 percent of the PNW pear crop was sold and shipped compared to 39 percent a year ago.

Kevin Moffitt, president of The Pear Bureau, says exports are down because of a strong dollar and fewer small fruit, which is preferred in export.

He says a large apple crop is also competition.