HARDIN COUNTY - For the time period of April 15 through May 31, Extension rainfall reporters recorded an average of 4.92 inches of rain in Hardin County. Last year, the average rainfall for the same time period was 4.87 inches. Rainfall for the April 15-May 31 time period is 1.69 inches less for the time period than for the ten year average rainfall during the same dates.

Marion Township received 7.6 inches for the April 15-May 31 time period, the most of any of the township sites. The last rain in May was collected on May 31 in Hardin County. For the growing season, since April 15, the average precipitation in the townships was 4.92 inches, with a wide range from 3.15 inches in Dudley Township, to 7.6 inches in Marion Township.

The second half of April provided much rain, with dry weather in May. This encouraged later planting of corn, but the dry weather in May caused some slow emergence of soybeans. However, there has been little need for replanting by farmers around the county. Currently, most planting is completed and area producers are applying nitrogen fertilizer to the growing corn.