TEAYS VALLEY - Over the past month, the region's weather conditions have oscillated between hot and wet, and just plain hot.
That erratic weather has taken a toll on the productivity of the region's hay farmers this summer.
Will Legg, 18, an employee of Valdeacourt Farms in Putnam County, said the less-than-favorable conditions have slowed down hay cultivation and harvesting operations considerably.
"For hay, to do just one field, you need at least three dry days. You need a day to cut it, a day for it to sit and dry - preferably two - and another day to bale it," he said. "We can't really get in the fields if there's six inches of water standing in the low spots."
Normally, a hay farmer is able to get two to three harvests per field over the course of a cultivation season lasting from mid-May to October.
This year, Legg said many of the fields on the 300-acre farm probably wouldn't be viable enough to warrant a second cutting.
"We end up cutting a field, then it rains on it and we're done," he said. "People won't buy hay if it's been rained on."
Legg said the extreme heat has caused rapid growth of weeds and other undesirable plants, which cut down on the amount of actual hay produced.
"There's more in the fields, but less of the good stuff," he said.
According to the National Weather Service, the region had a total of 7.12 inches of rainfall in June as compared to the average of 4.09 inches.
June also saw three days where temperatures reached 89 degrees, a rarity in a month with a normal average temperature of 83.