KENTON — Despite the fact that 2018 has been a slow planting season, the amount of rain is expected to decrease and the temperatures are expected to rise, according to Mark Badertscher, Ohio State University Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator.
According to Badertscher, this is the time of the year that ground conditions will determine how well planting will go. Soil temperature and accumulated Growing Degrees Days (GDD) from specific Ohio Agriculture Research and Development Center weather station locations help track conditions essential for corn emergence.
Spring corn planting in Hardin County began Monday. The OARDC growing degree calculations for Northwest Research Station indicate that a total of 47 growing degree days have accumulated since April 29.
Soil temperatures have been between 53 and 59 degrees, and the total growing degree days this spring is 176 in Ada, 179 in Alger, 177 in Dola, 178 in Dunkirk, 179 in Forest, 183 in Kenton, 192 in Mt. Victory, 193 in Ridgeway, and 187 in Roundhead.