This is not the summer Washington County, Tennessee farmer Chris Robbins was expecting.
"When it started I thought it was going to be a really good year," said Robbins. “It's turned out to be one of the worst."
Robbins took us on a tour of his farm to see the impact of no rain. It's most evident in a corn field that has been planted twice this year.
A late frost wiped it out the first time. "Right now it should be shoulder high or over my head, and starting to get a pretty good size ear on it,” Robbins explained. “As you can see it's barely knee-high."
There won't be enough to even attempt harvesting.
Weeks without rain have dried out the pasture fields, forcing Robbins to feed hay that's reserved for winter. "Now we got less hay and no corn,” he said Tuesday.
While it's too late for some of his fields, he's hoping the recent rains will help a few later crops.
"For crops it depends on when they were planted. Tobacco, corn, soybeans [come in late],” said agriculture agent Anthony Shelton. “Whatever stage and how much damage, we will see over the next few weeks."
He says it will take time to tell if cooler temperatures and rain will be enough to turn the season around.
Robbins says he already knows the answer on his farm. "[I'm] glad to see it rain, but it's a little too late as you can tell."
The University of Tennessee extension service launched a new website to offer drought assistance and resources. Click here to visit the website.