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Pete Tekampe

is one of four original Cropwatchers still on the job and farms near Grayslake in Lake County.

9/22/2017

No report

9/15/2017

No rain last week, but we had two days with heavy frost, which didn’t clear up until noon. Not good for drying hay. I finally finished my third cutting Thursday that was cut a week ago. Early beans are turning fast, but are still a week to 10 days off. Later-beans are still grass green. Corn is the same with late-corn still dark green. We won’t know how much damage from all the rain until the combines harvest it.

9/8/2017

No report

9/1/2017

We got 1.75 inches of rain Monday (Aug. 28). Enough to mess up baling third-cutting that is cut. Early corn looks good except for the drowned out spots, which seem to be getting bigger. All of the low spots are bigger than normal with absolutely no weeds or crops -- just bare dirt. Regular corn is better, but it is suffering from lack of nitrogen. Early beans are great and starting to lose color because of maturity. The later ones are shorter, but have a real dark green color. Again, the wet spots are bigger than usual. The top is off our crops. We just won’t know how much until the combines hit the fields. Eleven inches of rain vs. 40 inches -- I guess we’re lucky.