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DeKalb County

Ryan Frieders

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


Last week, temperatures and humidity were very high. During the night Wednesday, we got between 1 to 2 inches of rain. We have been busy cleaning out the last of our grain bins and hauling corn to the river. We also started spraying our soybeans for the second time. The early corn is tasseling and soon will be sprayed with fungicide.


We were finally blessed with 1 inch of rain. Large storms went north of us with flooding rains and strong winds causing damage. The early corn is getting close to tassel, and the late corn has a couple of weeks to go yet. The beans soaked up the rain like sponges, and you could see them branching out overnight. They are beginning to bloom. Both the corn and beans are much shorter than last year.


The weather was warm and dry last week. It rained to the north and to the south, but not here. We really need some rain to keep the crops growing. Late-planted corn just made knee-high for the Fourth of July. Soybeans are small, but we finished spraying our post-application herbicide. Japanese beetles showed up with a vengeance in the last few days. We will be monitoring populations closely to determine pesticide applications. We also mowed roadside ditches and waterways, and are starting to make the transition from thinking about spring to fall.


In the past few days, we received 1 inch of rain. The crops are growing, but continue to be very uneven. The corn is all sprayed, and we are spraying soybeans. We started cleaning the planter to put it away for the year. As I write this report, it is clear to me just how fast time goes. The growing season is already half over.