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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.


A few fields of corn and soybeans have been harvested. Corn moistures range from 17 to 29 percent, depending on planting date, maturity and plant health. The warm weather is helping to dry down the crops. We will likely start on our own fields in the next few days.


The combine is almost ready to roll. We have been working on equipment getting ready because harvest is coming fast. A very large number of corn rootworm beetles are flying around. They are feeding on ears, and causing damage and laying eggs in the fields for next year. Cornstalk quality is also degrading very quickly. Corn is breaking over above the roots in some fields. Soybeans continue to mature with some fields close to harvest when the weather turns around and it stops raining every day.


Even though school has started and temperatures are cooler, the end of summer is here with the Sandwich Fair. Starting this Wednesday, the fair officially marks the end of long summer days and the beginning of harvest season. We received another 2 inches of rain this week, which is helping the corn and soybeans finish out their season. Soybeans are starting to turn, and the corn is definitely starting to dry down. Enjoying Labor Day is a top priority before the hectic pace of harvest takes hold of our time.


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.