Year After Drought, Hoosier Farmers Seeing Downpours Created by kblakeslee on 7/8/2013 11:32:53 AM
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) _ Indiana's crops are thriving thanks to plentiful rains a year after farmers were watching their fields wither during a sweltering drought.
Farmer Marty Evans measured more than 11 inches of rain on land he farms in southern Vigo and Clay counties during late June. That includes 8 inches of rain that fell in just one day.
Evans tells the Tribune-Star he's optimistic his corn, soybean and wheat crops will have above average yields. But some of his soybeans have started to turn yellow as a result of too much moisture. And some parts of Indiana have seen crop damage from water ponding in fields.
Associate state climatologist Ken Scheeringa says Indiana is averaging about 30 percent more precipitation than in a normal year.