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According to a release from OSU Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator, Mark Badertscher, For the time period of April 15-30, Extension rainfall reporters recorded an average of 3.16 inches of rain in Hardin County.  Last year, the average rainfall for the same time period was 1.46 inches.  Rainfall for the April 15-30 time period is 1.12 inches more than the ten year average rainfall during the same dates.

 

Blanchard Township received 4.50 inches for the time period, the most of any of the township sites.  Marion Township received 2.32 inches the least of any of the township.  There was a window of opportunity in April that enabled several farmers to begin planting corn, before rains began late in the month.  This dry period in April also allowed for some spring tillage and herbicide applications, as well as fertilizer and manure applications to provide nutrients for the crops.


With the end of April bringing wet conditions and then cool temperatures, planting halted around the county.  A few soybean fields that were planted in April did not show much progress in growth.  Very little corn has emerged and some is a pale yellow color due to the excess moisture and cool temperatures.  Heavy rains caused ponding in some fields, raising concerns about the possible need for replanting.  Farmers are hoping for warmer temperatures and good drying conditions to allow previously planted crops to grow, and to resume planting corn and soybeans.  Once this activity begins, herbicides and/or tillage will need to be adapted to manage weeds that have advanced in growth due to inactivity in the fields since the rains in late April.

 

 

Township

Reporter

April 15-30, 2017

Growing Season (from Apr. 15-2017)

Blanchard Township

Crop Production Services

4.50

4.50

Buck Township

Heritage Cooperative/Kenton

3.31

3.31

Cessna Township

Steve Lowery

3.05

3.05

Dudley Township

Dale Rapp

2.55

2.55

Goshen Township

Brien Bros. Farm

3.19

3.19

Hale Township

Travis Ramsey

2.45

2.45

Jackson Township

Rick Weber

3.89

3.89

Liberty Township

Phil Epley

3.14

3.14

Lynn Township

Jan Layman

4.13

4.13

Marion Township

Mark Lowery

2.32

2.32

McDonald Township

Jerry Stout     

2.65

2.65

Pleasant Township

Robert McBride

3.29

3.29

Roundhead Township

Mike Lautenschlager

2.55

2.55

Taylor Creek Township

Silver Creek Supply

3.65

3.65

Washington Township

Randy Preston

2.76

2.76

 

Average

3.16

3.16

 

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