BROWNSVILLE, Pa. (KDKA) – It’s been a difficult couple of years for space farmers. Nonetheless, issues are wanting up this yr.
Between the pandemic and dangerous climate, some farms had been near disaster, however 2021 is off to a a lot better begin.
On Monday, the solar was shining, the rolling fields had been inexperienced with candy corn and the soil was moist. It’s a superb time for farmers Andrew and Mark Duda.
“There are occasions when it’s robust, however when you may have a pleasant area able to get harvested, it feels fairly good inside,” stated Mark.
Duda’s Farm exterior of Brownsville, Fayette County is likely one of the larger ones within the space. This agriculture operation, like others large and small, has needed to endure the affect of COVID-19 and the most recent in what’s been a couple of years of lower than preferrred climate.
“We had such horrible climate to start out, it could have been the worst spring I’ve ever seen,” stated Mark.
However across the area this yr, farmers say the planting and rising season is enhancing and in the case of retail, Mark says “the market’s been fairly good.”
And wholesale commodity costs are up almost double from this time final yr.
“Mom nature’s been kinder to us for essentially the most half,” he stated.
Nonetheless, Mark and Andrew say the one certain factor in farming is there are not any certain issues.
“There’s nonetheless a whole lot of season left. Quite a bit can change from now. Our season, it’s like a marathon.”
Duda says the season involves an finish round Halloween.