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Recorders Report 11.5 Inches as a High in July

During the month of July, Extension rainfall reporters recorded an average of 8.23 inches of rain in Hardin County.  Last year, the average rainfall for July was 1.68 inches.  The wet spring experienced by the county up until July was continued with an even more wet July, with several rainfall events adding to already wet soils.  This year’s July was exactly the opposite of last year, when the county received very little rain for the month.

Crop Production Services in Blanchard Township received 11.50 inches of rain for the month, the most of any of the township sites.  The least rain in July, 6.10 inches, was collected in McDonald Township by Jerry Stout.  For the growing season from April 15 through July, the average precipitation in the townships was 23.75 inches, with a wide range from 19.82 to 27.78 inches.  

July followed the pattern of a cool and wet spring, with rainfall continuing in high amounts combined with mild temperatures.  Soils continued to be bombarded with rain events, not allowing much time for moisture levels to dry out.  As a result, ponding continued in some fields, were drainage and compaction are issues.  This also delayed field operations such as applying pesticides and manure applications.

Corn made much progress in growth during the month, with the extra rain and on occasion, warmer days.  Later planted corn started to grow at good rates, except in areas where the corn was stunted and yellow from too much moisture.  Because so much corn was replanted in the county this year, pollination occurred at different times in some fields.  This could have an effect on kernel fill and ultimately cause lower yields.  Extra moisture and cool conditions did bring common rust infections in most area cornfields, so choosing a hybrid with a good disease package helped with this issue.


Soybeans have now entered the reproductive stages as well, as the crop is well into pod fill in several fields.  Growth and development will continue with the soybean plants as this crop is able to adapt to weather conditions easier than the corn plant during this stage of growth.  Soybean plants are shorter this year, but will hopefully adjust and yield well.  There was very little disease pressure in soybeans so far this season, with the exception of a small amount of brown spot earlier, which should not affect yields.  Farmers will need to scout their fields and keep an eye on late season diseases and pests to ensure a good crop as the growing season progresses.


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



July 2017

Growing Season (from Apr. 15-2017)

Blanchard Township

Crop Production Services



Buck Township

Heritage Coop./Kenton



Cessna Township

Steve Lowery



Dudley Township

Dale Rapp



Goshen Township

Brien Bros. Farm



Hale Township

Travis Ramsey



Jackson Township

Rick Weber



Liberty Township

Phil Epley



Lynn Township

Jan Layman



Marion Township

Mark Lowery



McDonald Township

Jerry Stout



Pleasant Township

Robert McBride



Roundhead Township

Mike Lautenschlager



Taylor Creek Township

Silver Creek Supply



Washington Township

Randy Preston










Crops May Finish Better Than Expected Despite Season's Wet Start

The Ohio Ag Net annual Ohio Crop Tour is underway this week. The tour takes a trip down I-75 and I-71 with a team of farmers to sample crops from across the state. The I-75 leg is where you’ll find Hardin County Farmer, Paul Ralston. The West leg of the tour is covering 22 counties. The two groups converge in Clinton County to compare notes.


Ralston, who is a licensed drone pilot, uses his unmanned aerial vehicle to fly over fields on the tour.


“We’re only walking into edges of fields and trying to get a representative sample. You put that drone up and you really see what’s going on in these fields.” Said Ralston.


Ralston notes that our region has had a challenging growing season. He says the tour is finding disease in both corn and beans due to the wet weather early on in the season. The group is also seeing Nitrogen deficiency in fields.


Ralston said he expected variability as the group moved to Hancock County, but says the county also saw much of the similar rains that may not have damaged the crops as much, but now drought-like conditions can be observed from the northern portion of the state.


Ralston says the crops maybe doing better than expected.


“I think there's more crops than what most people think. I would’be guessed Ohio to come in the 160 range. We were just in Defiance County and it was just over 200 [bushels per acre].”


In Allen County, Ralston notes that the group observed Japanese beetles that had infested corn and bean crops, but Ralston notes that the insect pressure is nothing of major concern.



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