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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.


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Rain Friday and Saturday (Oct. 26-27) kept us out of the field until Monday. We were fortunate to have good enough conditions to finish our soybean harvest by Tuesday night (more accurately Wednesday morning) before rain started again. We have received more than 4 inches since then, so I do not know when fieldwork can resume. It sure feels good to be finished with harvest. Time to start working on next year. Most of our cover crop of cereal rye has been planted and ready to think about fertilizer for next year. Please take time to be careful this week.


We finished corn harvest Oct. 19 before we were rained out. We received 0.6 inches of rain later that day, which kept us out of the field until Monday. After a few good days, we are up to about 80 percent finished with soybeans. Although we had better weather for harvest last week, it seems there are still a lot of crops in the fields. Take time to have a safe week.


On and off showers slowed harvest progress this week. We are down to about 20 acres of corn, which we hope to finish Friday (Oct. 19) morning if the rain holds off. We are more than 60 percent finished with soybeans. Some wheat has been sown in the area. Hopefully, the weather will be better for harvest next week. Remember to take time to stay safe!