The lack of rain has impacted many farms, including Traders Point Creamery in Zionsville.
Traders Point Creamery is known of its dairy farm. "You can see the …there's not a whole lot of green stuff out there. It's mostly kind of brown. (It) doesn't look very vibrant," Traders Point Farm Organics Farm Manager, Mark Hostetler said.
Because it hasn't rained much, it has had its impact. "We are seeing zero grass growth whatsoever. It's been really tough for us in the last few weeks to get the kind of nutrition the cows that we need to get to produce milk like we have been," Hostetler said.
There are several strategies being put in place. Hostetler said they were semi-prepared for this because the last couple of years there has been little rainfall. Traders Point Creamery Co-Owner, Fritz Kunz said they paid attention to previous years. Kunz said two years ago, it did not rain in August and last year it did not rain in July.
"This year, when we started seeing it happening even earlier, it was even a bigger warning sign for us," Kunz said.
They are using a temporary irrigation system, but decided Friday to put in a permanent one. "That's a big investment and it won't pay off immediately for us, it will keep us so we can have grass," Kunz said. "(It) will allow us to add a lot more water to this area to be able to keep up with ..an inch of rain a week for this...for these fields, Kunz said.
Kunz said they are trying to keep from dipping into their winter stock. “We are trying to keep from utilizing our winter hay. We have only a limited supply of hay to feed our milking herd this winter, if not, we're going to have to go to market and pay super premium for that hay,” he said.
"It’s just lucky that we were kinda planning for no rain when it stopped raining after a couple weeks in April," Hostetler said.
As far as the cows, Hostetler said it has been tough for them to make milk with the quality of grass they have. He said they are thinking of possibly using energy supplements. He said they would need three to three and a half inches of rain over a period of twelve hours to make a difference.