Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Drought in Central Indiana

On Saturday my husband and I traveled up to Indianapolis.
We thought it was dry in Bloomington.  It is worse up north.  Our entire area is under Extreme Drought conditions as of July 17.

The stages of drought are abnormally dry, moderate drought,
severe drought, extreme drought, and exceptional drought.

With over half the nation experiencing some form of drought this year, things are not looking good.


The corn is barely waist high in most fields.

Just south of Indy, some farmers have cut down the corn to use as silage as there was no way that the corn was ever going to develop properly.

No green grass here.

There was a grass fire here.

The only green to be found is on the road signs.

Indy is under a watering ban, so the landscaping at Eli Lilly is looking less than spectacular.

The giant pharmaceutical company normally takes great care of their landscaping.

On the way home we spotted the sight of yet another wildfire blaze from a few weeks ago.  This one had burned several trees in the median.

Anyone know a good rain dance?


Rosie Hawthorne said...

Why yes, I do know rain dances.

Jessica Nunemaker from little Indiana said...

Thank God parts of Indiana finally received some rain!

Nothing more sad than dead cornfields.

Marilyn said...

Rosie, then you had better get busy with your rain dances.

And Jessica, I agree with you on the dead cornfields. I have never seen anything like this before. It is a sad sight and unfortunately, we will be feeling this in our pocketbooks.

Yes, we did get some rain recently, but we need so much more, and it is much too late for the farmers and I fear for the trees. They are already showing signs of stress. And then we have to worry about insect and disease damage to the weakened plants.