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Lake County

Pete Tekampe

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


Good morning from Lake County, home of the monsoon season. Since May 1, we have had five weeks with more than 3 inches of rain. Early planted corn looks great and hides most of the wet spots. It's almost chest-high. Later corn is only 8 to 10 inches tall. Early planted beans look good, but there are a lot of wet spots holding water in them. Late beans had some trouble germinating and have some bare spots. Winter wheat looked good until the storm hit Tuesday. Then it started lodging. Oats are heading out and have a good color. Second-cutting hay is growing fast and will need to be cut before the wheat harvest.


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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.