Even with the bad weather, over the last weeks of May, Turek Farms has made up a lot of ground and conditions have been excellent in June.
Last year, most growers in New York struggled because of a wet, cool spring, and it caused Turek Farms to leave approximately 550 acres empty last year. Turek doesn’t expect a repeat of that in 2020.
“We’re getting to the point where we could actually use some rain, and I hate to wish for it, because sometimes you get more than you need, but in general, what we have in the ground looks good,” Turek said. “I think August is going to be a big month for us.”
Turek Farms ships its produce up and down the East Coast, from Maine to Miami, and naturally has a big buying contingent in its home state of New York.
“Corn grows well in New York because of the warm days and cool nights, with mineral soils that help add to the flavor,” Turek said. “When you grow a crop super-fast, it never seems to have the flavor when you have the temperate growing season.”