A sizzling summer so far and little to no rain for the season has created the perfect atmosphere for a beach day, but not good working conditions for farmers. YNN's Erin Clarke caught up with some farmers to find out how the weather is affecting business.
NEW YORK STATE -- As a fifth generation farmer, Ben Paine has weathered many growing seasons. This one has been difficult because of the high temperatures and lack of rain.
"We were working yesterday and the plants were wilting in the field because the ground is really dry," said Paine.
Farmers can usually make up for the lack of natural precipitation.
"If you have the irrigation, you're lucky and we're lucky that we do have that. It takes more hours and more money, but at least you have something to sell," said Linda Hahn.
But it gets costly.
"When you run an irrigation pump, a standard pump, you're putting out a couple hundred dollars an hour. Maybe more. It depends on the size of the pump," said Paine.
Then there's more to worry about. Another way that the warm weather is affecting farmers that has absolutely nothing to do with how much they grow.
"When it is this hot out, people don't feel like cooking, so then you don't sell as much produce either because nobody wants to cook," said Hahn.
All of this ultimately affects their bottom line. The days get longer, they have to work a little harder to make ends meet and maybe even raise prices.
But in a business where Mother Nature is your partner, there's not much farmers can do but wait it out, hoping for change or the next season.