Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I was digging in one of my fields this weekend and see we are dry. Not parched dry like we were back in September and October but dry enough that at two plus feet deep, there was no pooling water. In fact soil conditions are good enough to plant, except that Christmas is next week and I live in central Ohio.With conditions this dry we could still apply manure, spray a fall herbicide on winter annuals, and apply and incorporate fertilizer or lime. Folks tell me tile is going in very well.Certainly we had planting delays due to excessive moisture for the third year in a row, but no harvest problems at all for a change. I use the CoCoRaHS network to record and track my rainfall amounts. Over the years I have watched 3-4 stations regularly to see what they get. This table below has the rainfall amounts in inches from April 1st to mid-October for the years 2011 to 2015. County20152014201320122011Union26.1624.6224.8919.3230.05Defiance28.8223.5025.1613.0133.48Shelby30.8326.0232.0424.1128.48 Thanks to the fact that we live and farm in Ohio we (mostly) get that needed 22 to 25 inches of water needed to grow corn. Several people I have talked to said this was one of their best crops, ever. Others say it was one of the worst… so rainfall amount doesn’t always tell the whole tale. It is the distribution that matters.To look over rainfall data for this year in your neighborhood, or to join and record your weather events see: http://www.cocorahs.org.