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In the month of June, Extension rainfall reporters recorded an average of 5.15 inches of rain in Hardin County.  Last year, the average rainfall for June was 5.81 inches.  Rainfall for June 2017 was 0.16 inches less than the ten-year average rainfall in the month of June.  

Roundhead Township received 6.95 inches for the month, the most of any of the township sites.  The least rain in June, 2.76 inches was collected in Liberty Township.  For the growing season since April 15, the average precipitation in all the townships was 15.52 inches, with a wide range from 13.32 inches in Dudley Township to 18.89 inches in Jackson Township.  

Rain persisted most of the month of June, with precipitation occurring 2/3 of the days.  Some fields continued to pond and flood in low areas, areas with compaction, and other hard to drain soils.  This constant rain kept farmers busy replanting crops, and delayed nitrogen applications in corn and herbicide applications in soybeans.  Wet weather and later herbicide applications allowed for giant ragweed and marestail weeds to thrive.

Wheat harvest is mostly complete with good yields and good quality grain.  Folllowing wheat harvest, some farmers planted double crop soybeans.  Straw and second cutting of hay has been baled in some area fields as weather permits.  Oats are starting to mature and rye planted for seed will soon be harvested if not already cut.  Corn producers are hoping for a late frost as replanted corn has this crop growing in various stages in the same fields.  Later planted corn could result in higher moisture rates during harvest, a problem that has not been prominent in the past two years.  Earlier planted soybeans are have entered reproductive stages, producing flowers.  Earlier corn will also soon enter reproductive stages, producing tassels and ears with silks.

Hardin County Extension Rainfall Report for June 2017 (recorded in inches)

Township

Reporter

June 2017

Growing Season (from Apr. 15-2017)

Blanchard Township

Crop Production Services

3.88

16.28

Buck Township

Heritage Cooperative/Kenton

4.30

13.97

Cessna Township

Steve Lowery

5.07

15.45

Dudley Township

Dale Rapp

5.05

13.32

Goshen Township

Brein Bros. Farm

4.76

13.89

Hale Township

Travis Ramsey

6.26

14.31

Jackson Township

Rick Weber

6.10

18.89

Liberty Township

Phil Epley

2.76

13.99

Lynn Township

Jan Layman

5.80

17.23

Marion Township

Mark Lowery

4.46

13.82

McDonald Township

Jerry Stout     

6.32

16.09

Pleasant Township

Robert McBride

5.61

16.16

Roundhead Township

Mike Lautenschlager

6.95

17.65

Taylor Creek Township

Silver Creek Supply

5.42

16.47

Washington Township

Randy Preston

4.51

15.33

 

Average

5.15

15.52

 

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