The extensive drought of 2012 is still holding back parts of Elkhart County, despite rain this week.
In the latest drought monitor, released today, the southern end of Elkhart County slipped back into the “abnormally dry” category. That’s shy of drought, but it’s still not where farmers would like to be.
Dean Morehouse, for one, is glad to have this week’s rains. “We need the moisture,” said the New Paris farmer.
March saw 1.72 inches less precipitation than normal, according to the National Weather Service office in North Webster. The area finished the winter nearly an inch ahead of normal in terms of precipitation, but by the end of last month we were down 0.68 inches of moisture.