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Pete Tekampe

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


After a 6.5-inch rain event July 12, I thought it would be nice for a while - wrong! Wednesday night, we got between 1.5 inches to 3.5 inches of rain in Lake County. They are calling for rain three of the next five days. Not good weather for cutting wheat. A neighbor said he needed 4-wheel-drive on his combine to make it through the fields. I got some second-cutting hay baled this week thanks to hay preservative. The Lake County Fair is this week, which means we usually get rain. Be safe, and see you at the fair.


Got almost .2 of an inch of rain July 7 and Wednesday, we got 6.5 inches. When some of the water went down Thursday, the dark green color was replaced by brown. The wet spots got a whole lot larger. The water will be staying a while because the creeks have gone over the banks, and the water has nowhere to go. Winter wheat is turning fast, but not drying. Not very good weather for baling hay.


Got almost 2 inches of rain Friday (June 30), then it cleared up for the Fourth of July. Early-corn and beans are looking great with corn shoulder-high and 30-inch beans almost filling the rows. The problem is, there isn’t much of that. The rest of the beans and corn are very uneven and don’t have good color. Second-cutting hay is being cut when we have a window, and we are not getting very many windows. Wheat is turning fast, but it will still be 10 days to two weeks before harvest.


No report this week.