EASTON - Local farmers are beginning to feel the effects of what the National Drought Mitigation Center is calling a "dry-spell" for southwestern Connecticut.

After an unusually dry winter and early spring, local farmers say they are behind about four to five inches of much-needed rain. They are depending on well water to sustain their crops, but without rainfall, many farmers say their livelihoods are on the line.

To see a map outlining drought-affected areas in Connecticut, click on the Drought Monitor - Connecticut map.