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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.


It’s been a busy week in Pulaski County. There has been a lot of wheat harvested in our area. We managed to harvest our rye and get our double-crop soybeans planted this week. We’re finally getting down to post-spraying our soybeans, unless we end up having to replant some beans. I hope not. We have missed the last few rains here on our farm. We could sure use a nice, soaking rain. Please remember to take time to be careful.


We managed to finish planting our full-season soybeans Friday (June 2). Soybean planting progress across the county ranges anywhere from people that are finished to people that are probably only half finished. It really depends on the rains, which have been very localized. There are a lot of unplanted fields in the river bottoms. Quite a few of those fields are still underwater. Hopefully, we will get started with our rye harvest next week. I haven’t heard of any wheat being cut in the area, but there are quite a few fields that look very close to being ready. There is a lot of post-spraying going on in both corn and beans. It’s still a very busy time of year. Please do take time to be careful.


We had some severe storms and rain last weekend, which caused quite a bit of damage in the area. We were fortunate that we didn’t have any damage on our farm and received only .9 of an inch of rain. The storms kept us out of the fields until Tuesday, and then we managed to get back in the field by picking our spots. We are almost finished sidedressing our corn, and we are down to less than 100 acres of full-season beans to plant. Planting into a standing rye cover crop is certainly presenting some new challenges this year. We hope to combine some rye for seed within the next two weeks. Please take time to be careful in this busy season.


We’ve had some dry weather with some wind. A lot of progress was made in Pulaski County last week. We finished planting our corn May 17. I think most have wrapped up their corn planting and replanting, at least until something else happens. We managed to get a little more than half finished with our soybean planting. Our activities are sidedressing corn and spraying. Seems like the weeds never stop growing. It’s been a busy time of year. Please take time to be careful.