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..

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…