Drought stress blankets Indiana, likely continues into harvest

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The abnormally dry and drought conditions that most of Indiana is experiencing don’t appear to change as farmers statewide prepare for harvest, according to the associate state climatologist.

Indiana is at the eastern end of a Midwest drought region, which has been classified as severe and covers much of central Illinois and part of southeast Iowa, said Ken Scheeringa of the Indiana State Climate Office at Purdue University. Ohio has fared better, as the state had almost no drought areas as of the Sept. 6 U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Drought Monitor update ( http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/ ).

Dry conditions are categorized on a scale from D0 (drought watch, or abnormally dry) to D4 (exceptional drought). Nearly all of Indiana has reached at least D0, with moderate drought (D1) covering much of the southern half of the state. More severe drought (D2) blankets an area in Johnson and Morgan counties in the central part of the state.

“The historical drought in Texas is creeping northward, with Oklahoma following closely in terms of its drought features,” said Dev Niyogi, Indiana State Climatologist. “The swatch of drought-prone area is now reaching parts of the Midwest, particularly along southern Indiana.”

Part of what has contributed to the dry conditions is La Nina — a weather pattern that occurs when the surface temperature of vast areas of the Pacific Ocean are cooler by at least 1 degree Fahrenheit.

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