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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.


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.


We started harvesting corn. Yields are variable and stalk quality is poor. Moisture ranges from 17 to 25 percent. Neighbors are also harvesting soybeans, but ours are not quite ready. The dry pattern in the weather has really pulled the moisture out of the ground. There have been a few field fires already this season. Please be careful and stay safe.