HARDIN COUNTY — For the time period of May 1-May 31, Hardin County
Ohio State University Extension rainfall reporters recorded an average
of 3.70 inches of rain in Hardin County. Last year, the average rainfall
for the same time period was 3.51 inches. Rainfall for May 1-May 31,
2015 matches the 3.70 inches for the 10-year average rainfall during the
Blanchard Township received 4.95 inches of rain for
May 1-May 31, the most of any of the township sites. For the growing
season since April 15, the average precipitation in the townships was
4.75 inches, with a wide range from 3.41 inches in Dudley Township
reported by Dale Rapp, to 5.90 inches in Roundhead Township reported by
Lower rainfall amounts in early May allowed
good weather for farmers to get into the fields to plant corn and
soybeans. Rainfall amounts increased towards the end of the month,
slowing the completion of soybean planting and herbicide applications.
Some farmers got an early start on nitrogen application to corn, but
then were slowed by rains. Early crop growth was good in areas that were
planted with adequate moisture and followed by warmer temperatures.
more information about OSU Extension, Hardin County, visit the Hardin
County OSU Extension web site at hardin.osu.edu, the Hardin County OSU
Extension Facebook page or contact Mark Badertscher, at 419-674-2297.