I saw a couple farmers putting in some cover crops last week, but then we got snow, rain and freezing rain, as well as lengthy power outages in our area. Most of the snow has melted, but it’s pretty wet. There are people who have spread some dry fertilizer, but most are waiting to haul manure because they don't want to pack down the soil.

It's pretty nice today (Monday), but there is a chance of rain and snow in the forecast for later this week. I talked to someone and they said we will have 6 to 12 inches of frost. We had 1.25 to 1.5 inches of rain the latter part of last week. I've seen a few guys hauling manure, but no field work yet.

Tiedeman is the fifth generation in his family to farm near Hull in Sioux County. He feeds cattle, custom feeds hogs and grows corn and soybeans. John and his wife, Erica, have four children — Reagan, 7; Calvin, 5; Elias, 2; and Aubrynn, 8 months.

We had another wild week, with 5.75 inches of rain from Monday through Thursday morning. The major creeks are flooding worse than they did in June, and we have more crop damage. We were finally able to start combining beans Sunday (Sept. 23). Moisture was around 12.5 percent, which is good. I think everyone is just waiting for the weather to clear so we can get going.

We had a week with no rain — only the fourth or fifth week like that all season. It was warm. The crop changed day by day. Some late silage is still being chopped and fourth-cutting hay is being made. A few combines are just starting on some beans. We're probably about two weeks ahead of normal.

We had 3 inches of rain at the start of the week, but it's been dry since. The choppers started rolling again Saturday (Sept. 8), but it looks pretty wet still. Some guys are getting their fourth cutting of hay, and it looks like a good week for drying. Early corn is at 29 to 30 percent moisture but not quite to black layer. Beans are dropping leaves already.

Between the rain and the fog, we've had plenty of moisture. The corn is changing fast. A lot of the stalks are brown up to the ear. The choppers have been running, but it's pretty wet and a couple haven't been able to get the trucks out. Beans are slowly changing. They keep getting a little lighter all the time.

We had a pretty good week with not much moisture. The corn has really come along fast and is dented quite well. It's come a long way in a short amount of time. The beans are starting to turn. Early (planted) numbers are getting lighter. We may have some wet spots, but the rest of the field will make up for it.

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