TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - The drought is taking a toll on crops in our region. The most recent drought monitor indicates moderate drought in northwestern Indiana, including Benton, Warren and Newton Counties.
Associate State Climatologist Ken Scheeringa said it's a matter of time before more of the state is included. Scheeringa said the upcoming weeks look mostly dry.
"I am actually expecting this area of moderate drought to probably expand in the next week or two to central Indiana. That seems to be the area of the state that’s most vulnerable right now," said Scheeringa.
He said becoming drier during the fall months is normal, but not to this extent.
"This is not normal in the sense that it has fallen off so rapidly. August is only about half of the normal rainfall around Indiana and that is abnormal,” said Scheeringa.
Drought can even affect the holiday season. Last year, the pumpkins and Christmas trees were impacted by the severe drought. Cassens Trees owner Dan Cassens said the drought came late enough this season to not destroy any Christmas Trees.
"After last year, I'm surprised that there were any trees standing out here. It was just that dry. I didn't really have that much hope, but this year they look just really great,” said Cassens.
Christmas trees will be better off than pumpkins at this point. Wea Orchard Manager Kevin Thompson said pumpkins still need water and special attention before harvesting.
"We'll just throw some water on a couple of water tanks and water them as we go. And the fruit should be fine as long as we put the time into watering," said Thompson.
Even with drought conditions worsening, pumpkins and Christmas trees appear be okay for the upcoming holiday season.
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