The region’s farmers seem to be singing the same tune: things are good this year, a somewhat different song than in the recent past when weather extremes – either too hot and dry, too wet or with surprise cold snaps – have put a dent into their profits.
According to Rachel Tebbs, of Tebbs family farm on Four Mile Drive in Loyalsock Township, this year has seen “just enough rain and sunshine” to grow their crops of sweet corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, yellow squash, beets, green beans, cantaloupes, watermelon, broccoli, cauliflower, green and hot peppers.
The Tebbs family sells its abundant crops at its roadside stand at 1620 Four Mile Drive.
“Everything is going well. We have no complaints,” Tebbs said. “Any year that the weather cooperates is a good year.”
Ed Styer, of Styer’s Blueberry Farm in Allenwood, said this has been a great year for blueberries.
“We had just the right amount of rain at the right time,” he said. “Of course, the week of 90-degree weather we had didn’t help much.”
Styer said his family sells blueberries from 5 acres of blueberry bushes at the family fruit stand at 62 Bridge Ave. in Allenwood. He said the season typically begins in June and runs through the end of July.
Dairy farmer Charles Ulmer, of Cogan Station, said his corn is doing quite well this year.
“Our crops look really good,” he said.
Ulmer also grows soybeans and alfalfa and had only one complaint – the frequent rain storms have made it difficult to “make hay.”
“It’s been hard to get out in the field and get the hay cut and dried so it can be baled,” he said.
Norman Dell, of Liberty in Tioga County, also had some things to say about the early season rains. His first cutting of hay was down because of the wet June.
“Our second cutting is good; we are getting a lot more, and good quality,” he said.
He also expects a good third cutting of hay.
Corn also looks good, Dell said, but some problems not related to weather caused him to replant about 30 acres of his 250 acres.
“We will probably have to buy some high-priced protein to supplement the hay we didn’t get in the first cutting and we will probably be short on grain corn, but we will have plenty for silage,” he said.
Jeff Krape, owner of Windy Ridge Farm in Lock Haven, said his hay crop is doing “really well.”
“We got the right amount of rain at the right time and are still getting it; so far, so good,” he said.
Earlier heavy rains in June did not affect his ability to make hay for his beef cattle, he said.
“We have gotten two cuttings and expect to get a third,” he said.