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Pete Tekampe

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

8/24/2018

No report

8/17/2018

No report

8/10/2018

We had two rain events last week totaling 1.4 inches. Early corn is suffering. Late corn looks better, but has a long way to go. Beans are in the same shape, with early beans showing severe stress and later beans looking good. They're calling for spotty showers for the next seven days. I think it's too late for the early corn. Be careful getting ready for harvest.

8/3/2018

After five weeks this spring with more than 3 inches of rain each week, we've had no rain the last three weeks. Early corn is looking like October, and early beans are showing stress. Winter wheat was cut with good yields of 40 to 80 bushels per acre. Straw is baled and was also great. Oats were good and most of the straw is baled. Second-cutting hay is baled and third isn't doing very much. They're calling for 90s this weekend and no rain. That won't be good for our crops. Let's hope they're wrong.