Huge differences in size and storability
Extreme drought will result in enormous differences in size and storage life.
After flowering, the temperature was excellent for good cell division. Producing bigger sized pears was potentially existing in every single orchard in Belgium and the Netherlands.
After the cell division period (4-6 weeks after full blossom), the period for cell stretching period is starting. This year, temperatures were stagnating the cell stretching.
As a result, you currently see more shorter Conference pears around. Short Conference pears are mainly found in areas with a continental climate such as East Germany and Poland.