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Jasper County

Dan Meinhart

Dan Meinhart is a long-time Cropwatcher who farms near Montrose in Jasper County.


Light rain fell overnight on already saturated soils. It rained almost every other day last week. Numerous fields of corn and beans remain to be harvested. The late-planted wheat continues to emerge. Temperatures in the low 20s are predicted for the weekend. Hope everyone can complete harvest soon and safely.


Field activities were progressing well until Wednesday when heavy rain and wind moved into the area leaving 3 inches in our gauge. Various fields of corn and beans are left to be harvested. It will take several days of dry weather before harvest can resume. Early planted wheat has emerged. More rain is in the forecast for the beginning of next week.


Harvest progressed well until Thursday night when light rain fell, continuing into Friday morning. Several fields of beans are yet to be harvested -- mostly double-crop beans and replanted beans in the river bottom, which are still carrying quite a bit of moisture. A few widely scattered fields of corn remain to be harvested. Reported yields are very good. Wheat sowing continues. Spreading fertilizer and lime, and fall tillage continues wherever and whenever possible.


Harvest was slowed due to intermittent rain and mist off and on for several days -- not to mention the fog and frost. It took several days for the beans to dry down to acceptable moisture levels. Very little corn was harvested during that time. Some wheat was sowed where ground conditions permitted. Fertilizer and lime were spread, and tillage was done where possible. Some bush-hogging of road ditches, waterways and edges of fields took place. Late double-crop beans, and replanted beans in the river bottom won’t be ready for harvest for some time.