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Ryan Frieders

Ryan Frieders is a second-generation Cropwatcher. Ryan and his father, Ron, grow corn and soybeans on their farm near Waterman.


Fieldwork has stalled as we wait for drier conditions. It is much colder than before. There is still quite a bit of corn in the fields and even some soybeans. We finished washing our combine, cart and tractor and have been putting away all the various piles of parts from the shop floor that accumulated during harvest time. Hopefully, we get another break in the weather so that we can wrap up 2018 for good and get ready for next year.


Harvest is wrapping up in the area. Corn left in the fields has a lot of spots where it is down. We cleaned up the grain dryer and have all our crops in the bins. We are waiting on soil test results before we can complete our last tillage. We also have some fertilizer to be applied.


Two words: Tar spot. Same field, different hybrids. One flat as a pancake, one straight as a board. A 100-bushel yield difference between them. So much brown dust you would think you were harvesting soybeans. Every corn grower should be learning all they can about this ravaging disease. If it weren’t for the trade war I might plant all soybeans. Am I negative this week? Probably so, but it’s like nothing I’ve ever seen. On a bright note, we finished our soybean harvest.


The weather has finally turned a little drier, and we have made some progress. Many fields of soybean and corn are yet to be harvested. We have been switching back and forth between the two depending on the day’s weather. It has been much colder, especially at night, with a couple nights bringing a hard freeze. Fertilizer spreading and tillage are also being completed to get ready for next year.