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Jasper County

Dan Meinhart

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


A lot of seed went into the ground either for the first time or for replanting. Farmers got into the fields Tuesday until Thursday evening when rain moved in, bringing everything to a halt. Strong winds were in the area Tuesday and Wednesday creating a lot of dust. There is still a lot of corn and beans to be planted. The river bottom ground is still too wet to plant. Wheat is starting to turn with a lighter shade of green. The forecast calls for more rain for the next several days.


No planting took place last week. There are a lot of cornfields to be planted and replanted when it dries up. In the last couple of days, some fungicides and insecticides have been applied to the wheat, and manure has been applied to fields, along with some wheat being chopped for silage. Rain moved into the area Wednesday night leaving 1.3 to 3 inches, bringing everything to a halt. Favorable weather is in the forecast for the next several days. The rivers are still out of their banks.


It has been a cold and rainy week. Rain started falling Wednesday (April 26) and continued every day through May 4, totaling 12 inches or more. Rivers are out of their banks, causing heavy flooding. Corn and beans that were not up by time the rains started will have to be replanted. Severe winds damaged outbuildings and homes, downing trees and causing power outages in a large area. Some wheat fields were blown down. Wheat does not like a wet spring. Fungicides have been applied to most wheat hoping to prevent diseases. Farmers are scrambling to find seed for replant. The forecast predicts drier weather for the weekend with rains returning next week.


Fieldwork began Saturday (April 22) for some in the area. For most, planting started in earnest Monday (April 24). All came to a screeching halt Wednesday afternoon when a torrential rain and gusty winds moved through the area, causing widespread power outages. In the drier area, quite a bit of planting has been done, while planting has just begun in the wetter area. Wheat is starting to head out and most of the fungicide has been applied. Rainfall Wednesday night amounted to 2.5 inches or more, and 2 to 6 inches are in the forecast for the weekend. Time will tell how much replanting will have to be done.