For the time period of May 1-May 31, 2018 Extension rainfall reporters recorded an average of 3.40 inches of rain in Hardin County.  Last year, the average rainfall for the same time period was 7.21 inches. Rainfall for May was 0.99 inches less than the ten-year average rainfall for the month.

Roundhead Township received 4.20 inches of rain for May, the highest amount of the township sites.  Liberty Township had the lowest rainfall amount for the month of May with 2.15 inches. For the growing season since April 15, the average precipitation in the townships was 4.96 inches compared to 10.37 inches in 2017.  For the growing season, Robert McBride has reported a total of 2.85 inches in Pleasant Township, while Rick Weber reported a total of 6.90 inches in Jackson Township.

Timely rains happened for most of the month of May allowing adequate soil moisture for newly planted fields.  Warmer temperatures prevailed most of the month as corn and soybeans emerged quickly. Although the 2018 planting season was delayed for about two weeks, once May came around, the fields were fit to begin planting in most areas.  Favorable planting conditions continued most of the month with weekly rains in moderate amounts, unlike the heavy rains experienced early on in 2017.

Corn planting is done in Hardin County, with a few soybean fields left to plant.  Farmers have been busy side dressing corn with nitrogen and spraying fields for weeds.  Several hay fields have been mowed and some hay has been baled for the first cutting, which was later than usual for alfalfa.  It has been a good spring for planting, with good crop emergence and growth. Continued timely rains will determine whether or not 2018 will be a good growing season.

Hardin County Extension Rainfall Report for May 1-May 31, 2018 (recorded in inches)

Township Reporter May 2018 Growing Season (from Apr. 15-2018)
Blanchard Township Crop Production Services 3.90 6.70
Buck Township Heritage Coop./Kenton 4.05 5.89
Cessna Township Madelyn Lowery 3.83 5.93
Dudley Township Dale Rapp 3.44 4.69
Goshen Township Brien Bros. Farm 3.70 5.00
Hale Township Travis Ramsey 3.25 4.60
Jackson Township Rick Weber 4.00 6.90
Liberty Township Phil Epley 2.15 4.33
Lynn Township Jan Layman 3.72 5.71
Marion Township Mark Lowery 2.85 4.15
McDonald Township Jerry Stout 2.88 4.17
Pleasant Township Robert McBride 2.40 2.85
Roundhead Township Mike Lautenschlager 4.20 5.15
Taylor Creek Township Silver Creek Supply 2.93 3.19
Washington Township Randy Preston 3.67 5.10
Average 3.40 4.96