Last week, the area felt the effects of a heat wave that swept through much of the central and eastern United States. Five days last week, temperatures rose past 90 degrees, leading the weather service to place much of the region under a heat advisory.
So far, the area has had 5.4 inches of rainfall in July.
Bill Rice, 54, of Putnam County, said the combination of too much rain and excessive heat has put his 150-acre operation more than a month behind schedule.
"I'm just now getting the first cutting done," he said. "There may not be some second cuttings because the weather put me so far behind and it won't have time to come back."
Rice said he has been forced to work around the weather, cutting his fields when he normally wouldn't just because the rain finally let up.
"As soon as it stops raining, I'll have to jump in and start cutting even though it's wet," he said. "Normally I like at least a day or two for the ground to drain before I start cutting, but I just haven't had that option."
Because of the delays, Rice said he doubts he'll be able to turn a profit from this year's harvests.
"This year's going to be lucky to break even, with all this loss. When the hay is like this, people don't want to buy it. They look at it and say, 'That hay's bad,' and you end up having to drop the price."
Rice said his overall bottom line would ultimately depend on conditions for the rest of summer.
"This all depends on the weather, and we all depend on it," he said.
Contact writer Charles Young at charles.yo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1796.