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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.

9/21/2018

Harvest is in full swing with both corn and soybeans. Yields continue to be variable. Our yields have been slightly above average, but we have only harvested some of our better soils. As we get to our more droughty hills, we will find out how our yields hold up. We started some Group 3 soybeans Thursday. Moistures were from 11 to 12.8 percent. The weatherman is calling for rain during the weekend. Take time to be careful in this busy season.

9/14/2018

We were fortunate to only receive between 1.5 and 2 inches of rail last weekend (Sept. 8-9). Many areas received much more. We were back in the field Tuesday. Harvest seems to be progressing somewhat slowly with corn moistures higher than many would like. I have not heard of many yields yet, but what I have heard are variable and certainly not up to last year. Please take time to be careful.

9/7/2018

We received only a few light showers, none of which were more than .2 of an inch. Harvest is slowly getting started. I heard of a few more Group II soybeans being cut with disappointing yields. A few more fields of corn have been harvested. We shelled a small patch of corn Wednesday. This was our earliest planted corn and had a yield of just under 200 with 22 percent moisture. With heavy rains expected during the next few days, I expect it to be later this week before any more harvest activity. Take time to be safe as we enter this busy season.

8/31/2018

Harvest is rapidly approaching. We received another .5 of an inch of rain since my last report. I have heard of a few group 2 soybeans harvested with yields in the 50- to 60-bushel range. Corn harvest is probably at least a week away, although I am sure a few will try before then. As always, soon we will know how good (or bad) the crop really is. Please take time to stay safe as we enter harvest.