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..

Harvest progressed nicely last week. During the same time, there have been some bad hiccups and some good surprises. A vendor was working with us and said he felt so blessed in his life that he could be two people! That got me thinking about our equipment dealers, mechanics, heavy equipment …

It was another beautiful week of weather. A shower on Oct. 3 kept us out of the fields the next day, but we were able to catch up on other work. Monday, we started on our soybeans. The soybean yields have been variable depending on maturity and planting dates. Moisture has been very good. We…

We had a productive week combining corn. Moisture has been in the 20% to 25% range. Yields are down 10% to 20% due to the lack of rain when the crop was finishing and the rootworm beetle pressure. We have not started our soybeans. Neighbors are reporting mixed results in the soybeans as well…

It has been a beautiful, sunny week on the farm. We started harvesting corn. It was planted early and has dried down well to the mid-20s. So far, the grain dryer has been able to keep up with the combine. Yields are variable from the excessive early rains and then lack of late rains. Test we…