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Pete Tekampe

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


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Spring planting season is almost wrapped up, finally. We have corn that is knee-high and beans just planted. Early corn looks good, except for the wet spots. Beans are slowly catching up. Winter wheat is mostly headed out and looking good. Oats have a dark green color. Hay is tall and also looking good. I baled some yesterday that I cut last Friday. With three rain events on it, it was still good quality.


What are the chances of getting almost 3 inches of rain each week for three weeks? There's a good chance if you live in Lake County. We set a record for the wettest May on record. Luckily, I got all my corn planted in late April and most of my beans in early May. Both look good with all the moisture and heat. Small grains and hay also look good. Winter wheat is starting to head out. They are calling for only a slight chance of rain Saturday and the rest of the week cool and dry. I hope they're right. Hopefully, we'll get some fieldwork done this week.


We got another 3 inches of rain last weekend (May 19-20). The wet holes are about as big as they were last year. There has been no fieldwork done in the last two weeks. Corn is probably 75 percent planted and beans are about 30 percent planted. My beans finally can be rowed this week. Winter wheat, oats and pastures are really looking good.