WENY News - Local farmers tough it out through heat wave

Local farmers tough it out through heat wave

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     WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (WENY) -- All week people have been trying to stay cool as temperatures reached the 90's for several days straight. Whether it's staying indoors, or limiting time outside, everyone has been affected by the heat in some way. But for farmers, the hotter temperatures create an even bigger challenge for them as staying indoors is not an option.

    "We can't stop," said Chemung County Farm Bureau President, Ashur Terwilliger. "We can't stop. Today's a break. It's overcast, it's cool. Today's the day we go over to the machinery and fix whatever was broke. Grease things up, change oils, whatever we got to do. This is a real break day for us."

    From haying, to repairing tires in the middle of a field, to unloading square bails in the barn, hard work and heat can really wear out a farmer fast. Even though Wednesday's weather may be a break to some farmers, according to Terwilliger, this week has been brutal, especially on the cattle.

    "Heat is just as hard as the cold," said Terwilliger. "It's a stress I am lucky I got a good pasture with lots of woods in it where they can get in the shade. I try to raise mostly Herefords and Red Angus. It's hard on everything."

    Terwilliger says even  though the heat makes their job harder, they still enjoy being the ones providing people with farm fresh food on a daily basis.

    "This is where your food comes from and it takes a lot of effort, regardless of the weather," said Terwilliger. "I hear them tell people to stay in the house, drink lots of fluids, use the air conditioner. You can't always do that. You have to be out there and you have to get this work done."

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