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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..

It is hard to believe another growing season has passed. We finished harvesting the crops on our farm. That is a blessing! I am reminded, however, that harvest is more than just a race to the end. We are healthy and safe and accident-free another year, and that is what should be celebrated. …

Last week was a challenge for harvest. Some areas received a half-inch of rain and field conditions would not allow any work to occur. Other areas of the county received little to no rain. Soybean harvest is 95% complete in the area. Corn harvest is over 50% complete. Fall fertilizer, lime a…

It has been a slow harvest week on the farm. We received 1 inch of rain over two days. Most of the leaves have fallen off the trees. The fields are starting to dry out again and harvesting and field work will resume. Corn moisture levels have not changed much in the last week. Warm temperatu…

We finished our soybean harvest. Some bean yields were really good and other fields really suffered from disease. I guess the rains in July were a blessing and a curse. Now we can focus on getting our corn out and start fertilizer applications and tillage. Stay safe.

We are about halfway through our soybean harvest. Some of the fields of soybeans harvested nicely while others still have green stems and do not cut as well. Corn harvest is on hold, and in the meantime, I am hoping the corn moisture comes down. We received .7 inches of rain last week. We al…

Harvest has finally started in our area. There are a lot of soybean fields being harvested. The soybean plants have green leaves, but the seeds are ready for harvest at less than 13%. We have also harvested some corn. The moisture was 26.5% on an early maturing hybrid. Finally, we made our l…

The crops are slowly maturing and getting ready to harvest. There are a few fields of early-planted soybeans that have been harvested or will be soon. Other fields of beans are a week or two away. Most cornfields are still in the 28-32% moisture range. The weather has turned unseasonably col…

The weather has been unpredictable over the last week. A couple days are hot and then a couple days are cool. A couple days are cloudy and rainy, and a couple days are sunny. There are very few fields of soybeans being harvested. Most fields are a week or longer away from maturity. The early…

The weather was warm and sunny last week. We haven’t gotten any rain. The crops are maturing and there has been some corn silage harvested in the neighborhood. We have been busy hauling in crushed lime to use as a soil amendment. We are also continuing to work on equipment. Harvest is still …

Late-season soybean diseases continue to show up in fields. Sudden Death and white mold are the main culprits. We received spotty rain last week. Otherwise, the weather has been perfect for working outside. I am looking forward to the Sandwich Fair this week. The fair is always a great way t…

Last week we were blessed with 4 inches of rain. There is little standing water in the fields as the rains came down very gently and were absorbed. Some neighbors sprayed their corn for the second time with fungicide and also insecticide for adult rootworm beetle management. We are monitorin…

It was a busy week on the farm. The days have been warm, but the mornings were cool and crisp and you could feel fall in the air. We have been getting the bins ready to go and making sure all the motors and fans are in order. We are also working on the combine, getting it ready to go. Deanne…

Last week we were fortunate to receive 2.5 inches of rain. It came gently and the ground really soaked it up. There was a large growth in the number of corn rootworm beetles flying. The beetles can be found in both corn and soybean fields and that means there is a strong chance of high popul…

We have been busy taking care of the crops. We sprayed our soybeans with fungicide to promote late-season plant health. We are also spraying some of our cornfields with fungicide as well. I spent a day in Champaign at the Illinois Soybean Association’s annual meeting and was reminded that we…

We received up to 2 inches of rain July 16-17, and it immediately soaked in. The corn is tasseling and starting to shoot ears. The soybeans are flowering. There is a large presence of Japanese beetles and corn rootworm beetles, but we have not sprayed for them at this time. Second cutting of…