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Jasper County

Dan Meinhart

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


Rainfall last weekend varied from 5 to 11 inches, flooding all the creek bottoms, river bottoms and low-lying roads. When the water recedes, we will need a shower to wash the mud off the crops that were underwater. Rains brought most field activity to a halt. Wheat harvest has begun in some areas. Reports are of low test weight and poor quality due to dry weather in May.


It has been a very dry, warm week. A lot of post-spraying of corn and beans took place. Sidedressing of corn has wrapped up. A lot of grass hay is still being cut. Wheat is turning rapidly, and harvest is right around the corner. The area is severely in need of a rain.


Severe thunderstorms were in the area Thursday with strong winds and heavy rain causing large power outages and downed trees. Other parts of the area received little or no rain. Activities for the week included post-emerge spraying, sidedressing corn, mowing road ditches and baling hay. Most of the area is still suffering from extreme lack of moisture. There are still a few fields left to be planted. Some bean fields are lying in dry soil waiting for rain to emerge. The wheat is beginning to mature.


The area received various amounts of rain last week -- a couple of tenths up to 2 inches in isolated areas. Some beans fields have spotty stands due to lack of moisture. A lot of post-chemicals are being applied along with sidedressing of nitrogen. A lot of grass hay is being cut. Fungicide has been applied to the wheat. Very little rain is in the forecast, and it is badly needed.