[MUSIC PLAYING] SPEAKER 1: It seems like the winters are getting much milder. We're getting, I think, more severe weather. As we head south, it seems to be getting more snow and more cold. Winters are not nearly as bad. We've had three major weather events in the last couple of years. One two years ago, the excessive snow throughout the winter. Last fall, being hit by tremendous amounts of rain and hurricane. And then this winter with-- I don't ever recall winter as easy as it was. I've gone through snowless winters, but never with as mild as it's been. And I see a lot less hay was fed, a lot less hay was used.
In April last year, we had so much trouble getting the crops in. We got them seeded, bit we couldn't even go back and roll them and pick up rock, which in turn we probably got a poorer catch of seed than we should have. So that bothered us. You know, just little things that don't always add up. The fact that you have to send people again and again back to the field because there's big we spots you had to go around and stuff like that. It takes a lot more time.
We lost probably half our old crop because we couldn't harvest it the window that we had. It went down, we lost a lot of it. The biggest thing that's bothering me right today, is that we left probably $15,000 worth of second cutting grass hay in the field that we could not harvest last fall. We made many attempts. We got some in, but we do a lot of hay, so we left $15,000 worth of hay in the field, which is really financially bothering me right now, strapping me.
We lost a field of corn. A lot of it was the management's fault for not chopping that field. We left it for grain, thought we could get it, and we got the late snow storm and it was very tall corn and it took it down so we lost it. We lost a lot of corn over there. So we probably lost a minimum of $40,000 or so in crops.
As a farmer, you can weather the storm, but you can't weather continuous storms. You can take it on the chin. You come back. Spring brings eternal hope, and as a farmer that's what fuels me, that's when as I come alive. As the warm weather comes, we all feel like doing more, and as a farmer, it is just so much easier. We think again this year, I have this probably skewed vision that this is going to be the best year ever.
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Interview with Tom Hahn, owner and operator of Hahn Farm in Salt Point, NY. Hahn Farm began dairy farming in the late 18th century and has since diversified production to include grass-fed beef, vegetables, and more. The Climate Smart Farming videos are produced by the Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture (CICCA) and ConservationBridge.