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MUNCIE, IN - The drought has not impacted growing marijuana in a backyard although the Indiana State Police found and harvested a couple local crops this week.
State troopers served a search warrant Wednesday on a house in the 700 block of West Berkley Avenue and found 31 large marijuana plants as high as eight feet tall there. The man of the house, Robert W. Spears, 35, was initially charged with felony marijuana growing and keeping a common nuisance.
By Rick Yencer
YORKTOWN, IN - The drought that has brought a disaster declaration to half of Indiana and part of the United States has little impact at Gary Prater's garden, but has left barren corn across the road on Jackson Street.
The difference outside of extreme lack of moisture is the soil.
"That's dead soil over there,": said Prater, pointing to shriveled corn stocks with little silk and small ears.
The garden plot at Prater's farm is teaming with life from microbes and fungus produced from heavy composting of leaves and mulch. Drip irrigation keeps the plants, whether it is tomatoes, beans or corn wet even during the stretch of 100 degree days around the Fourth of July when that super storm that began in Indiana raced through six other states, killing about 20 people, knocking out power to five millions people and doing billions of dollars in damage.
MT, ETNA, IN - That season less year as Purdue climatologists and agronomists call it has struck again, knocking out two of the five river watersheds that run through central Indiana.