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..

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…