Hoosier farmers and gardeners say they are starting to see the effects of a dry June. They say plants are living off the rain that fell during March and April before seeds were even planted. Some crops have started to show signs of distress with wilted and rolled leaves. Dave Tucek, with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis, does not expect it to get much better this month, with drought maps showing most of Indiana “abnormally” dry.
State agricultural experts say it takes about three months of abnormally dry weather to have a major impact on crops like corn. The dry weather is also a source of frustration for water and utility companies. The Indianapolis Water Company has already issued an advisory asking customers to limit outdoor watering. Drought conditions are also plaguing farmers in the southeast.