MOUNT JOY, Pa. (WHTM) – Things aren’t as they should be at Brubaker Farms, which is just outside of Mount Joy.
“May 18th out here we would probably see this corn about this high,” Luke Brubaker, who owns the farms with his two sons, said as she showed ABC27 News how high the crop should be.
The damp and cool weather has left farmers with wet fields and behind on some of their important crops.
“The corn that we’ve planted three weeks ago is yellow (and) it needs sunshine,” Brubaker explained.
Ideally, farmers want crops, like corn, in the ground by May 15th, but wet soil won’t let them do that.
Brukbaker said they are in playing a game of wait and see as they hope for nice weather.
“The weatherman, we pay a lot of attention to him,” Brubaker said. “We are just looking for that window of opportunity.”
Farmers who do plant during this unseasonable weather risk diseases to their crops.
Jeff Graybill, an expert in crop and soil science with the Penn State Extension, said this is a problem all over the Midstate.
“We may not have very good quality in our local strawberries because of diseases,” he told ABC27 News.
While Brubaker waits to plant the rest of his corn, he admits that a few days of sunshine should provide some much-needed relief.
“If in the weekend here we would get another inch of rain, that would be not good news for us,” he said. “That would be a real challenge!”
Brubaker said that as farmers wait they are losing money. He estimated one farmer has already lost about $32,000 dollars.