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Pete Tekampe

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


Got .25 of an inch of rain Saturday (May 13) and then some sprinkles the rest of the week. Started planting beans Monday and got four days in a row in the field. About a third of the corn is planted in Lake County and just a few beans so far. My early corn is up and easily rowed. Winter wheat is still suffering from too much rain. With the heat the last two days, it is finally taking off. Some hay was baled. I hope to finish corn Friday. Remember, be safe this week.


Another cool, wet week in Lake County. After 5.5 inches of rain the previous week, we got another .2 Friday (May 5) and got in the field late Sunday (May 7). Late Tuesday, we got another .9 of an inch to stop us. I’ve got 30 acres of corn to plant yet -- 10 acres are underwater, 5 acres are mixed with carp, and the rest is just wet. I think there will be a chance to get in the fields to start beans Saturday (May 13). Don’t forget to be safe.


No report this week.


What a difference a week makes. Last week, we were in a monsoon. After rain Friday (April 21) of less than .5 of an inch, it was sunny and warm Monday (April 24) through Wednesday with drying winds. I got my oats planted Tuesday and started corn Wednesday. I got a third of my corn in before that evening. That night, the rain came fast with a little more than .6 of an inch and drizzle most of Thursday. They are calling for heavy showers during the weekend (April 29-30) with showers in the forecast five of the next seven days. I hope they are wrong.