Recent rains cut drought deficit but not quite enough

Recent rainfalls have pushed Jackson County out of the severe drought category and into abnormally dry.

The rest of the state’s drought conditions also have improved, with just 15.85 percent of Indiana listed as under drought conditions.

Despite this week’s rain, the county is more than 7 inches short of its average annual pre­­cip­itation.

Farmers shouldn’t be too worried about the shortfall of moisture yet, but homeowners with evergreen trees and shrubs might want to water those plants this month.

“My main concern is evergreen, whether needle or broad leaf,” Purdue Extension Educator Richard Beckort said. “They use more moisture all winter long because they have their leaves on all winter long and will continue to lose moisture through those leaves.”

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