HARDIN COUNTY — The rainy weather has put the dampers on the grain harvest this week.  According the Oct. 29 Ohio Crop and Weather Report, 75 percent of the soybeans and 64 percent of the corn has been harvested in Ohio. Seventy-nine percent of the winter wheat is in good to excellent condition, with only 16 percent not  planted as of this late date. For more information about crop status, see the attached USDA report.  Hardin County is mostly done with soybeans except for double crop fields and a few others that were held off on after switching to corn for better harvest conditions.  There remains several corn fields in the county to be shelled, and storage has been an issue in some locations.  Because rainfall is a current issue, see the accompanying article that includes information about a new weather app that OSU has developed to help farmers know when it is okay to spread fertilizer and manure.

 With the help of fifteen volunteer rainfall reporters, the Hardin County Extension office has collected unofficial township rainfall data for the past twenty-six consecutive years. The 2018 growing season began with an April rainfall that allowed a good start to the planting season. Rains were spread out through the month which set the tone for the growing season.  

Upcoming events include a West Central Ohio Dairy Luncheon Series starting November 21 in New Bremen.  See the attached flyer as the November topic will be Parturition Management by Mark Hardesty.  Beef Quality Assurance Training will be held at the Hancock County Agriculture Service Center, November 29, 7 – 8:30 p.m.  Garth Ruff, Henry County ANR Agent and certified trainer, will be the instructor for the evening.  Any individual attending this class will complete the certification process to sell to local markets such as Producers.