WKU Public Radio News Staff
Thu September 6, 2012
Rain Comes Too Late for Many Crops, but Could Help Next Year's Harvest
While the recent rain in our listening area is certainly a welcome sight for farmers, it comes too late to save the crops that have already been devastated by the drought. Still, WKU agriculture professor Todd Willian says the rainfall could help crops that are harvested later in the year, like soybeans.
"I think in some areas the rain will help the tobacco crops. Certainly, at this point, any rains we have will help build up the moisture in the subsoil that can be utilized next year," says Professor Willian.
The recent rain was enough to move most of Indiana out of the extreme drought category and into the severe or moderate designation.
Nearly 66% of the continental U.S. is in a moderate to exceptional drought.