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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.


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One day is cold, the next day is hot. The daily temperatures are very inconsistent and the weather is unreliable. We are still very dry here, and the crops are stressed. It's been a month without rain during grain fill, and that is not good for grain quality. I hope the rains come soon, but the forecast looks clear for days. When I see current world events and think about our country, especially after 9/11 this past week, I can only continue to pray for all of us.


Last week was dry and very cold. Crops seem to be in a holding pattern. Corn isn't maturing like normal to improve test weight, and bean pods are not filling properly. My Grandma always says, "Every day you can put your feet on the ground, it's a good day." Considering all the flood damage in Houston and the other hurricanes barreling towards the U.S., I guess things could be worse.


The weather has been beautiful the last few days, although it has been cooler than normal. In fact, it is getting dry, and there is no rain in the 10-day outlook. Fall harvest is still weeks away with crops slowly maturing. In previous years, we have started harvest soon after the Sandwich Fair, which is next week, but it's going to be a while.