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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.


Working in front of the rains, we finally managed to finish our harvest Monday (Nov. 13). For such a very long, challenging year, our corn yields ended up very good, and our soybeans yields were a little above average. There are only a few fields remaining to be harvested. Wheat and cover crops certainly have enough moisture, and they are looking good. Please take time to remember how we’ve been blessed this past year as we go through the holidays, and as always, take time to be safe.


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.