Photo: U.S. Drought Monitor
An updated Drought Monitor Report released Thursday shows all 92 Indiana counties have moved out of the “exceptional” or “extreme” drought classifications.
The National Drought Mitigation Center classifies southern Indiana and most of central Indiana in the “severe” drought category. Most of northern Indiana improved from “severe” to “moderate” drought status.
Part of far northwest Indiana is now listed as simply “abnormally dry,” which is the lowest on the drought scale. The U.S. Department of Agriculture designated Wednesday every county in Indiana a primary natural disaster area, along with 13 counties in Kentucky, 12 in Illinois, nine in Ohio and five in Michigan.
The designation means qualified farmers eligible for low-interest emergency loans. They have eight months to apply.