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More rain needed for hay producers before summer hits

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Troup (KYTX) -- The downpour we saw on Friday in parts of East Texas is just the start of what ag producers need doing into the summer months.

"It's not unlikely to have 3 to 4 cuts of hay. And we haven't had that in several years now," Terry Womack, a hay producer in Troup, said.

Being in the hay business, Womack says drought conditions have hit people like him hard.

"If I get 2500 bales, I feel like I've had a fair year, because there's no moisture," Womack said.

Talk about no moisture. In 2011, he rolled only 300 bales of hay.

"Everybody in East Texas had to buy hay from out of state. Some of it was good hay, some of it was junk hay," Womack said.

He also has cattle and explains that year, he and others had to sell off some of their herd.

"There's not near as many cattle left that we used to have. That's making the price of beef extremely high," Womack said.

We caught up with our meteorologist Doc Deason about the direction we're heading.

"We've got to get the rain in the spring, to hopefully save us from the intense heat in the summertime," Deason said.

He says he may see some rain this week.

"Really good shot at rain Thursday. We also have severe weather potential on Wednesday and Thursday," Deason said.

Not only do farmers want rain this week and next, they need it to continue through the summer.

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