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Jasper County

Dan Meinhart

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


The year started out with a very wet, late spring. There was a lot of prevented planting, failed crops and replanting. Fall is also turning out to be very wet and late. Overall, the crops are turning out to be pretty good, considering the circumstances. There are still crops to be harvested. A cold front with a chance of snow is moving in as we write this report. Hope everyone has a safe winter.


Combines were back in the field after last report until Monday (Nov. 11) when the front moved in with strong winds, rain, sleet and snow, bringing harvest to a halt. Record-low temperatures also accompanied the front. Schools and other activities in the area were canceled for a day or two. There were many accidents in the area. Combines are still out of the field since the front moved in. Snow is slowly disappearing.


Combines returned to the fields last Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 2-3). Wednesday afternoon and evening, light rains returned to the area. Some got a trace while others received more slowing harvest progress. There are still quite a few corn and beans to be harvested. Very little fieldwork is being done. Forecast is calling for a cooler week ahead. Chance of rain and snow are predicted to return early next week.


It has been a rather wet, cool week. Rain started Friday night and it rained all day Saturday, leaving 2 to 2 1/2 inches. Rain fell again Wednesday night and drizzled all day Thursday, leaving about 1 inch. A few combines ventured out into cornfields Wednesday. Everyone who has tracks have put them on. Hopefully, there will be less precipitation this week. It is 26 degrees as we write this report. Hopefully, this will help the late beans mature.