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     Our first dose of winter weather comes right in the middle of fall harvest for area farmers. Was it enough to impact their schedule or the crops?  In the days leading up to Tuesday's snowfall many rushed to get as much work done as they could. After an extremely wet spring followed by a dry summer you might think even the slightest bit of winter coming early would be the last straw. But for many the glass is still very much half full.
     "It isn't the weather I'd order if I was going to order weather for harvest." Clinton county farmer Joe Dierickx, like many others, still has crops waiting for harvest. Instead of getting out to do that Tuesday, the snow and wet weather had him inside catching up on a little maintenance around the shop. He says the upkeep followed a much slower than normal start to his day.
      "I slept in late, my wife made me breakfast: bacon, eggs and pancakes. So thank you Barb. We played a game of cards," said Dierickx. 
     While it's a nice break in the routine, Dierickx says it is also a wake up call. If more snow had fallen it would run the risk of weighing down the crops and causing problems. Now, farmers who still have beans in the ground might be a little nervous.
      "The beans in the field yet they absorb moisture much quicker and with cooler temperatures and wet weather they don't dry back down again as quick."
     But Dierickx says the amount of snow that fell is mostly an inconvenience. It keeps them from getting into the fields until things dry up a little, otherwise the equipment can't do the job.
     "Now when we get back to work we'll probably work a little harder just because we know the weather can change," said Dierickx.
     Even with a late planting because of an abundance of rain in spring, and then dealing with a major lack there-of for much of the summer, Dierickx yields are turning out to be surprisingly decent. Some area farmers need until about thanksgiving to get everything else done this fall. As long as it doesn't remain wet they'll be able to finish harvesting without much problem.