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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.


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.


After all the rain, fields are waterlogged and work progress has stood still. Hopefully, we can begin again soon because harvest has been on hold for almost 10 days. Storms brought us more than 4 inches of rain along with strong winds that caused even more damage to the weakened corn crop. Harvest progress is yet to be half done. Tillage needs to resume as well. In our area, we quickly went from ahead of schedule to behind.


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Harvest was in full force last week. We had a storm bring strong winds and some rain. The corn is flat in some areas of the fields. Hopefully, we will be able to pick most of it up. Soybeans are being harvested as maturity and weather conditions permit. We have also been spreading fertilizer, sampling soils and working ground.