A group of Ericksdahl, Texas residents had gathered in the Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church to try and raise support for their fields, which had succumbed to the harsh heat and drought that had ravaged the area, according to Abilene Reporter News.
Some of the area farmers felt that their prayers were answered when 900-pound bales of hay were brought to the area from Iowa, as residents watched a used John Deere 4020 equipped with a hay spike bring the materials to the Texas ranchers, reported the news source.
Residents of the area received two bales of hay each, as the John Deere machines pulled the massive material to flat-bed trucks for distribution among the local communities, according to the Reporter News.
"Folks are willing to help out in a big weather disaster like a hurricane or flood, but what we have here is a slow-moving disaster," Reverend Teresa Davis, told the news source. "Every day that it doesn't rain, the disaster gets deeper."
Average hay prices were more than $105.00 per ton in August, and the value of this commodity may increase if the weather continues, Wisconsin Ag Connection reported.