Drought Affecting Parts Of Southern Indiana

Dec 1, 2016
Of the major corn and soybean states, Indiana was one of the worst affected by the 2012 drought. Assoc. State Climatologist Ken Scheeringa says this year's drought is not as serious.
Of the major corn and soybean states, Indiana was one of the worst affected by the 2012 drought. Assoc. State Climatologist Ken Scheeringa says this year's drought is not as serious.


More than half of Indiana is experiencing abnormally dry soil conditions and parts of 22 southern Indiana counties are experiencing moderate or severe drought.

But Ken Scheeringa, Indiana’s associate state climatologist, says the situation isn’t as bad as it could be.

“The timing is everything. Summer time is not good. Fall is not so bad,” says Scheeringa.

Summer drought conditions affect crop production, but since harvest has wrapped up, Scheeringa says the impacts of a fall drought are limited.

Drought returning to some IN counties

Sep 5, 2013

Some Indiana counties are experiencing drought conditions again.

The latest report from the U.S. Drought Monitor show Benton, Newton, Warren and Lake counties are classified as having moderate drought. Prior to this week those areas, and about half of the state, were considered abnormally dry.

The Indiana State Climate office warns that the central portion of the state could move into moderate drought next week without enough rain, or if it continues to lose water.

Purdue professors give economic forecast

Nov 27, 2012

A Purdue professor describes the economic outlook as “weak, slow and uncertain.”

Finance Professor Charlene Sullivan thinks a negative of the current economic situation is the lack of available credit, which is due to increased regulation in the credit market.

Despite that assessment, she says there are signs of improvement, such as increased consumer confidence and more stability in family finances.

Summer sewage rates extended in Lafayette

Sep 10, 2012

Lafayette is encouraging its residents to beautify their property despite the summer drought.

The city is extending summer sewage rates, so homeowners won’t be charged more for watering their lawns and gardens.

Mayor Tony Roswarski says it’s a one-time move based on unique circumstances.

The extension is for one month.

Each year, Lafayette reduces the amount of sewage charged to residents during the summer for these watering purposes.

Drought disaster task force headed by Purdue expert

Aug 30, 2012

The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) is crafting a plan to deal with this year’s drought.

The new task force is working on short-term and long-term response actions for helping farmers, ranchers and communities get back on their feet.

Steve Cain with Purdue’s Extension Disaster Education Network is heading up the effort. He says one immediate response is getting feed hay to livestock producers who need it.

Isaac could help alleviate IN's drought

Aug 28, 2012
National Weather Service

Whether it's a tropical storm or hurricane does not matter. Whichever classification, Isaac is expected to bring a lot of rain to Indiana.

The track of the storm after it hits land, as of Tuesday morning, takes it up the Mississippi River valley and across southern Illinois into the Hoosier State.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Joe Skowronek says the additional rain is needed.

"We really could still use the rain, we're still about six inches below normal for the year, and we're still in a pretty severe drought so this rain would help a lot with fixing that."

Farmers in all 92 Indiana counties are now eligible to receive emergency loans from the federal government to provide relief from the severe drought. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture added 13 Hoosier counties to its loan-eligible list Thursday.  In order to be eligible, counties must be named disaster areas, which means under severe drought for eight consecutive weeks  or be contiguous to a disaster area county.  Despite improved weather conditions in recent weeks, Indiana’s crops are forecast to fall far below average production levels.

U.S. Drought Monitor

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is designating more Indiana counties a disaster area due to the ongoing drought.

The additional 14 counties are: Blackford, Boone, Clinton, Delaware, Fountain, Henry, Madison, Montgomery, Rush, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Vermillion, Vigo and White.

Farmers and ranchers in each of those counties, and ones contiguous to them, are available for federal disaster assistance, such as low-interest loans.

Dry, hot weather has taken hold in Indiana, with reports putting the state nearly eight inches below normal precipitation levels for this time of year.

Associate Professor of Horticulture Mike Mickelbart is looking for genes that affect water-use efficiency in corn plants. This involves measuring how much water is lost by plants in the field, which he says can be difficult to gauge.

"It's very dependent on the environment. So it depends on what the temperature is, what the light level is, the relative humidity of the air. It's a very dynamic measurement.”

Fireworks ban extends to Purdue, WL

Jun 26, 2012

West Lafayette and Purdue are joining Lafayette in prohibiting the use of fireworks.

The move is done to prevent any fires during the current drought.

Both the university and cities also have implemented a burn ban.

The restrictions on fireworks will last through the ban or until Friday night at five. That’s when state law specifically allows the use of fireworks prior to the 4th of July holiday.

Anyone who violates the ban could face fines up to $250.