Hay. It's one of the most basic necessities for dairy farmers, like Ron Robbins, Sackets Harbor. He relies on hay to feed his animals. And with all the rain the past couple months soaking it all, it's been hard for him to harvest enough dry hay.
"Too much rain has delayed our cutting schedule. It's been really tough to get in the fields", said Robbins.
For farmers who try to harvest hay once a month in the summer, all the wet weather has set them back this year. And that does two things.
"It lowers quality of the cutting and we risk now only getting three cuttings instead of four," said Robbins.
But with sunny skies ahead, the next few days could be just the dry spell farmers need.
"If we can pull together five consecutive days of no rain that'll be the most consecutive days of no rainfall we've had since May 1st in Jefferson County," said Michael Hunter, Cornell Cooperative Extension. "So this is going to be welcome for anyone that's trying to put up dry hay right now."
A little heat and sunshine could be just what farmers need to get back on track. But not too much. Farmers know all too well, too much of a good thing can turn into a bad thing.
Monday, February 8, 2016, Watertown, NY