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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.


Two words: Tar spot. Same field, different hybrids. One flat as a pancake, one straight as a board. A 100-bushel yield difference between them. So much brown dust you would think you were harvesting soybeans. Every corn grower should be learning all they can about this ravaging disease. If it weren’t for the trade war I might plant all soybeans. Am I negative this week? Probably so, but it’s like nothing I’ve ever seen. On a bright note, we finished our soybean harvest.


The weather has finally turned a little drier, and we have made some progress. Many fields of soybean and corn are yet to be harvested. We have been switching back and forth between the two depending on the day’s weather. It has been much colder, especially at night, with a couple nights bringing a hard freeze. Fertilizer spreading and tillage are also being completed to get ready for next year.


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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