Many rural residents rely on groundwater for drinking and cooking, and many city dwellers and businesses tap into underground aquifers as well.
The drought means less food on the vine. That, in turn, leaves less food to be donated to Indiana food banks.
74 of the state's 92 counties had been given some form of disaster status as of Monday.
Corn growing in more arid regions of the globe may be adaptable to grow in the Midwest in years where there's little rain.
With 71 percent of Indiana’s corn crop rated in poor to very poor condition, farmers are looking for whatever help they can get.
USDA officials spent Wednesday in northern parts of the state and will head to Johnson County Thursday.
Most of central Indiana needs a half foot of rainfall just to get back to normal - or around a foot of rain in some places to erase the deficit for the year.
Most violators do not get warnings -- they get tickets for as much as $500 for a first offense.
Farmers in 55 of the state's 92 counties now have access to some form of relief from the federal government.
State officials say a federal farm bill could help alleviate the costs of this year's drought.