So far, Spring 2012 has been anything but predictable for farmers.
In March, 80 degree temperatures, then freezing temperatures in April and now drought conditions throughout much of the area are taking a major toll on farmers.
It seems, there are two types of crops this year for fruit farmers: The crops they could save ... and the crops they could not.
Cedric Culpepper always gets his strawberries from Stover's fruit farms.
"When you want something fresh you gotta pick it yourself," says Culpepper as he picks his own strawberries in Stover's U-Pick field.
Culpepper has never picked the delicious berries this early in the season. They several weeks early this year thanks to that early spring weather. And it looks like it will be a good harvest.
But at the apple fields it is a different story.
"I've never seen anything like this," says June Stover, one of the owners of Stover's Fruit Farm, "I have talked to the other farmers. They say we had something close to this back in 1945 but it was not as bad as it is now."
June Stover says her farm has had a 50 to 60 percent loss in apples this year. And it is worse at other farms around the region. The 80 degree temperatures in March caused fruit trees to start their spring change months early. Then in April, several days of below freezing temperatures killed off many of the buds.
"Our U-pick is pretty much gone," says Maureen Kercher.
Every year thousands of people flock to Kerchers Sunrise Orchards to pick their own apples. This year, there will be no apples to pick.
"Normally you would see lots and lots of apples and a little bit of color (on the trees). There is just nothing there," says Kercher.
Kercher estimates about 50 percent of their income will be lost this year. And while they will still have apples from other orchards to sell, they will not be offering U-pick this year.
If the early spring wasn't enough to confuse plants, this drought is certainly not helping.
Some rain could arrive Thursday, but so far, this is the eighth driest spring in our history. According to the National Weather Service, we are 3- to 4-inches below normal when it comes to spring rainfall. Farmers say if we don't get rain soon, it could have devastating effects on their crops.
At the Zahner farm in St. Joseph County, they grow corn, soybeans and wheat. Their 2,000 acres of corn are really feeling the drought though. The fields that were planted earlier this spring are doing better than the corn that was planted later.
Chad Zahner says about 30 percent of one field didn't make it out of the ground because of the dry conditions. And Zahner says right now is a crucial point in the corn growing process. The corn is determining the size of its ears.
"We have seen the wet years and we have seen the dry years and the dry are always more stressful than the wet because I think wet at least you know you are getting rain. You are going to deal with fungus. All kinds of stuff in crops but the dry years always make you nervous. We make a living on what we do here and we just don't control this," says Zahner.
Zahner says this is typical weather for July and August, not late May and early June. He says, while they planted a lot of their crop early, they are actually behind because of lack of rain.