Bartlett Pears Have Turned Reddish Brown With Thick Rough Skin

Question From: St. Albert, Alberta, Canada
Q: Some of my Bartlett pears have turned reddish brown with a thick ruff skin, it is an old tree but produces very well. Please let me know what it is and what I can do about it. Thank you.

A: My guess is it's weather related. Colder, warmer, wetter and/or drier then usual will effect the quality of fruit. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy