A continued lack of moisture across Indiana has now led 85 percent of the state to be under a moderate drought. Overall, 98 percent of the state is experiencing dry conditions according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor map.
This week’s percentage of those under a moderate drought represents a sharp increase of 52 percent from last week.
Reports received by Purdue Extension included rapid maturation of crops, trees losing leaves, plants dying, large cracks in soils, stunted lawns, and dropping pond levels across the state.
According to the USDA, 68% of the topsoil in Indiana is short or very short of moisture—an increase of 12% compared to last week.
Eight Indiana counties are now reporting burn bans as of Thursday, Sept. 28—Shelby, Lawrence, Orange, Washington, Perry, Dearborn, Ohio and Switzerland.
Hoosier Ag Today’s Chief Meteorologist says that Indiana will likely remain dry through Thursday, Oct. 5.
Click below to hear HAT Chief Meteorologist Ryan Martin’s complete Indiana Farm Forecast.