Dekalb County

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Ryan Frieders is a second-generation Cropwatcher. Ryan and his father, Ron, grow corn and soybeans on their farm near Waterman..

I sure wish we had back the weather from two weeks ago. It’s been overcast, rainy and colder as the days have gotten shorter. We finished harvesting our soybeans. Overall, I am very pleased with our herbicide program. The beans stayed very clean through harvest. We have been working on the c…

We had a great week of weather! The combine hasn’t stopped harvesting soybeans. I’ve been very busy driving all day, but I also started thinking about a dear family friend. He is the friend you call when you need immediate, nonjudgmental, “save your butt” help and he just comes. My friend is…

It’s been a busy week on the farm. We had a couple nice days of harvest and then we got the biggest measurable rain we have had in weeks – 6 tenths. The wind and sunshine dried out the fields enough to get back at it after a couple days. In the meantime, we have been planning our fertility p…

Harvest has officially started on our farm. I have seen neighbors harvesting soybeans that are mature. We don’t have any beans ready yet so we started on our corn. Early maturing hybrids are in the mid-20s moisture range. It’s too early to generalize yields after only one good day of harvest…

We did receive a little rain this week along with more wind. The beans are starting to lose their leaves and change colors. The corn is also starting to dry down. Hand samples were in the 28% to 32% moisture range. The weekend brought the Sandwich Fair, which usually means the end of summer …

I was hoping to report that we received a gentle 2 inches of rain for the crops but all we have gotten so far is wind. I am looking forward to the upcoming field days and ag shows before harvest begins as we start to make plans for next year.

It has been hot and dry. The crops are maturing slowly. I got to attend Agronomy Day in Champaign and it was a great event. I learned some new ideas that I hope to incorporate into our operation. It was amazing to hear from the professors and graduate students on campus. I also learned about…

Last week was exhausting. The temperatures while working outside were unbearable. There have been multiple days of storms, including a tornado outbreak both north and south of us and straight-line winds that flattened corn. In the midst of all this bad weather, we did receive some needed rai…

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The weather has been very dry. We really need a gentle rain to keep the crops moving forward. In the drier areas of the soybeans, the plants are dying with immature beans in the pods. The corn is also struggling from the drought. There is a very high level of rootworm beetles in the cornfiel…

Except for a few stray showers, it has been very dry this past week. The airplanes have been busy applying fungicide to the crops. I have also seen a lot of ground spraying done to the soybeans. The wheat in our area is finally harvested and the straw is baled as well. The wildfire smoke has…

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It’s been another busy week on the farm. We have been working on our grain bins, making sure they are ready for fall and trying to fix any problems we find as we inspect and clean them out. We have also been spraying our soybeans with a second post-application including fungicide. The soybea…

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It has been a rainy week. We have received over 4 inches of rain on our fields. The weather still seems very changeable. The showers are spotty, and the rain comes quickly when it does. The humidity levels have been very uncomfortable. Now we are waiting on field conditions to improve so tha…

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It has been cool and rainy all week. Winds have been from the north. We had one storm with strong winds and 1 inch of rain blow over a lot of our corn. The same storm caused a tornado in the suburbs of Chicago. The corn has straightened back up, but it is goosenecked at the bottom. The soybe…

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We finished spraying all our crops with post-herbicide for now. The weeds seem to be growing faster than the crops. The corn is getting tall enough to shade in the rows so that should slow the weeds down. It has remained pretty dry this week and we are praying for rain. We have also been doi…

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It has turned really hot and really dry. The crops are showing signs of drought stress and are not growing well at all. We did have a small shower come through and some fields received a little rain but those that did not are suffering. There is no chance of rain in the forecast. This year’s…

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Another strange week of weather has got me thinking, “What is next?” Temperatures were almost 90 degrees a day ago but a cold front with strong winds has dropped them back into the low 40s. The crops are growing but progress is slow. Weed growth is not slow. We started spraying some fields w…

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Another strange week of weather has got me thinking, “What is next?” Temperatures were almost 90 degrees a day ago but a cold front with strong winds has dropped them back into the low 40s. The crops are growing but progress is slow. Weed growth is not slow. We started spraying some fields w…

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We received a few different rain showers. There has not been any standing water from any of the events and the intensity of the rain has been perfect for the soil to soak it up. The temperatures have not been so kind. It has been cold and windy most days. We have been waiting on conditions t…

I spent a lot of time walking fields last week. We have had multiple nights of frost and low temperatures. After each one, I have been checking and rechecking for damage. There is some replanting of both corn and beans in our area. Crops are still slowly emerging. The forecast is calling for…

We have been blessed with a very rapid spring. We finished planting our corn and soybeans May 1. Rainfall total since we started planting is .3 of an inch. Crops are trying to emerge from the soil. Emergence is uneven is some fields, particularly our no-till, and could really use a shower to…

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Mother Nature was generous to Ryan Frieders in DeKalb County. "Planters started rolling on the (April) 17 and actually didn’t stop until Saturday when we finished planting all of our corn and soybeans," Frieders told Rita Frazer. His family celebrated the occasion, as they do all big accom…

The week has been very busy! Since we started planting, we received less than .2 of an inch of rain. The tillage tractor has been running long hours to stay ahead of the planter. Our chemical supplier has done an amazing job with our herbicide and nitrogen application in order to keep everyt…

The cold temperatures of the last week brought only a little snow, so we are very fortunate. There was some planting done before the cold snap. I have not seen any damaged crops. The soil dried out relatively quickly afterward and many people began planting full swing. Ground conditions are …

We had a beautiful week of weather that dried out the fields and allowed us to begin fieldwork. We were also able to sow some new filter strips along a creek to help stabilize the soil and prevent runoff. The planter is almost ready to go after replacing parts and checking it. Four fall-born…

I am very excited to be starting a new growing season and a new year of CropWatchers. The ground was covered with snow for a long time during winter. We have been very busy getting ready for spring since it melted. Our local fertilizer dealer started spreading dry fertilizer, spraying chemic…