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Pulaski County

Ken Taake

Ken Taake farms with his brothers in the rolling hills and creek bottoms of Pulaski County in extreme Southern Illinois. They produce corn, soybeans, and wheat. Ken is among four original Cropwatchers still reporting.


Really not much to report from last week. There has been no fieldwork accomplished. We’ve had some fairly heavy rains and a lot of drizzle, so no one has been in the field at all since my last report. Just remember to be careful when we finally get back in the field.


We’ve only had two days of harvest activities since my last report. Rains are predicted again through the upcoming weekend. We are getting close to finishing harvest. Some area farmers are already finished, and the rest are at least getting close. Please take time to be safe this week.


We received 1.5 inches of rain Sunday (Oct. 22), and it drizzled again Monday (Oct. 23). After some combine issues, we finally got back in the field Wednesday. We finished our corn Thursday and then switched to beans. It was a windy day, so we were able to cut soybeans quite late. We are finally feeling like we are on the downhill for harvest. They are calling for rain Friday (Oct. 27), so that will put another pause in the harvest. Do take time to be safe this upcoming week.


After another light shower Sunday (Oct 15), we were back in the field by Monday afternoon. There are becoming a lot of empty fields in this area of southern Illinois. We are more than half finished with our soybeans, and we probably have less than 200 acres of corn to harvest. Some wheat is being sown, and what was sown earlier is up and looking good. Please be safe this busy season.