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Rainy summer helps some farmers, hurts others

Rainy summer helps some farmers, hurts others


Inside the Newhard Farms Corn Stand in Coplay, Lehigh County customers are going gaga for the star crop of the season.

"Very good. I make corn fritters with them," said one customer.

"Freeze it for the winter and have at Thanksgiving, so good," said another.


From the stand to the field, the rainy summer has been good to produce farmers. However at Heidel Hallow Farm in Germansville, the east coast's largest producer of hay, it's a seasonal different story.

"David, how would you rate this hay?" WFMZ's Bo Koltnow asked owner David Fink.

"This is low quality alfalfa," Fink said.

For him, it's not about the taste for animals, but the price he can sell it for.

"Probably lost 60-70% of its value. That's a lot," Fink said.

Fink says his rain totals for July are 10 inches above average. Fifteen percent of his 6,000 tons are damaged.

Penn State Ag Extension's Jon Berry said one effect will be higher hay prices for horse owners.

While Heidel Hollow struggles, Newhard's fruits and vegetables are selling fast.

"That is the challenge of agriculture; my perfect condition could be the worst condition for your farm," Berry said.

"Anytime you lose value it's a big economic hit. Last three years especially net income for farmers is down almost 50%," Fink said.

Fink knows his business, Heidel Hollow has been in his family since 1852. With this latest economic hit, Fink says he won't be able to fix some equipment, or take a vacation.

"Why do you do this?" Bo asked Fink.

"A challenge, I like a challenge," he said.

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