BROWNSVILLE, Pa. (KDKA) – It has been a difficult few years for farmers in the area. However, things are improving this year.
Between the pandemic and the bad weather, some farms have come close to disaster, but 2021 is off to a much better start.
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On Monday, the sun was shining, the rolling fields were green with sweet corn, and the ground was damp. It’s a good time for farmers Andrew and Mark Duda.
âThere are times when it’s tough, but when you have a nice field ready to harvest it feels pretty good inside,â said Mark.
Duda’s Farm outside of Brownsville, Fayette County is one of the largest in the region. This farm, like others large and small, has had to endure the impact of COVID-19 and the latest in a few years of less than ideal weather conditions.
âWe had such a horrible time to start, it was possibly the worst spring I have ever seen,â said Mark.
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But in the area this year, farmers are saying the planting and growing season is improving and when it comes to retail, Mark says “the market has been pretty good.”
And wholesale commodity prices have almost doubled from the same period last year.
âMother Nature has been nicer to us for the most part,â he said.
However, Mark and Andrew say the only sure thing in farming is that there are no sure things.
âThere is still a lot of season. A lot can change from now on. Our season is like a marathon.
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Duda says the season ends around Halloween.