HARDIN COUNTY - With the help of fifteen volunteer rainfall reporters, your Extension office has collected unofficial township rainfall data for the past twenty consecutive years. Early April was much dryer than typical, permitting more early planting than seen before. Frequent showers in May prevented the completion of planting until June on many Hardin County farms.

Hot and dry weather during July and August caused stress for most of the corn and soybeans. Early planted corn that was pollinating during the very hot weather was damaged, and will result in reduced yields. Late summer rains, however, were very favorable for development of the late planted corn and soybeans, with many growers now harvesting average or above average crops in some fields.

Soybean harvest is nearly complete now, but harvest in the remaining fields has been slowed or stopped by wet soil conditions. Corn harvest is well under way now, but farmers continue to battle mud. Grain yields have been quite variable, depending greatly on the date of planting and the occurrence of scattered summer showers on each particular farm.

Fall planting of winter wheat has been reduced in the county by the delayed soybean harvest and the wet soil conditions. Sufficient soil moisture for establishment of the winter wheat was present, and most of the planted wheat has emerged. It appears that the acres of wheat in Hardin County will be low and likely lower than the 2011 wheat plantings.

All activities of the Hardin County Extension office are made possible by a 0.4 mill real estate tax levy voted in 2010, and continuing through 2014. Thanks to the confidence you have in the Extension office and their programs, they are able to continue to provide programs and services needed in Hardin County.