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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 strange weather of 2017 continues. There were 70 mph winds, and a gustnado to the south of us and flooding rain to the north. At my farm, the sidewalk didn't get wet as a recent storm passed. We have received .1 of an inch of rain in the past few weeks. During the storm, the radar was red showing precipitation, but not one drop fell from the sky. Corn shows signs of stress daily, and the beans still haven't all emerged due to a lack of moisture. They have been in the ground for more than two weeks. The lawn looks like it does sometimes in late August. We are hopeful with the forecast of a chance of rain in the next few days.


A week of no rain and high temperatures has really dried out the soils. Our soybeans were planted without any further delay and have even begun to emerge. First-planted corn was sprayed with post-emergent herbicide. The fields continue to grow, but contain extreme variance from very healthy to very poor. Weeds have also done well this year and have proven difficult to control by both cultivation and chemistry. Hay is being cut and baled for livestock feed, and looks to be producing well.


Fields finally dried out again. We finished the last of our corn acres, along with most of our neighbors, May 30 -- one month and five days after we started. Some spots in the fields were still too wet to plant, but we were risking too much to wait any longer. We also started planting soybeans. I have reveled in the sunshine and warmer temperatures of the last few days.


No report this week.