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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.


Crops are showing signs of fall. I have seen soybean fields that are turning colors and dropping leaves. I have also seen cornfields starting to dry up and drop the ears down. We have gotten a few showers, but we are still very dry and could really use a good soaking rain on all of our fields.


It was another dry week. I mowed roadsides and pulled random weed escapes from fields. We are back in school here, so I guess that means summer is over. Crops are trying to finish the year out as best they can, but colors of the fields are definitely starting to change from green to brown.


Scattered showers brought heavy rain to some fields and no rain to others on our farm. The difference in rainfall can be clearly seen in the crops. Japanese beetles continue to eat soybeans and damage the leaves as well as corn silks and ear tips. We are getting bins ready for fall. We have also been working on the combine to get it in shape.


We have not had any significant rain in almost three weeks at a very critical stage in crop development. If the local sweet corn is any indication of what is happening to our field corn, the top end of yields is out of the question. Sweet corn ears are thin with aborted kernels. Japanese beetles continue to feed on soybeans. The lawnmowers have stopped running and the grass is brown. Airplane application of fungicide on corn has begun to slow down as well. We are cleaning out bins and transitioning to preharvest mode.