JOHNSTON COUNTY, Okla. (KTEN) — The fall season is now officially here, but near triple-digit temperatures — combined with drought conditions — are impacting the way farmers and ranchers are preparing for the cooler months.

"I think they're all in panic mode right now, because some of them are already starting to feed hay, and usually they aren't trying to feed hay, or start their hay feeding season until the end of November or December," said Keegan Varner, an Oklahoma State University agriculture extension agent in Johnston County

As farmers shift their focus, the same problems that have been an issue all summer are lingering.

"It's very dry, and it's very hard to get grass growing and forages for these cattle to eat," Varner said. "So farmers are faced with trying to get hay from other regions, which the cost has gone up tremendously [to do so]."

On top of the struggling farmers, feed suppliers are feeling the impact as well. Carl Atteberry, the owner of Johnston County Feed and Supply, has experienced difficulties at his business.

"Knowing how to order and getting the right stuff in here," Atteberry said. "For instance, the wheat crops for fall and winter grazing. A lot of it goes even into through the winter and next spring for the next hay crop."

Despite the difficulties for both farmers and feed suppliers, they can still work together to navigate through the drought.

"Well, the main thing is just to communicate," Atteberry said. "Communicate with the local farmers and ranchers and say 'hey what do you want, and what are you needing right now?'"