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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.


We received 0.8 inches of rain Tuesday. It kept us out of the field Wednesday, but we were back in the field Thursday. Wheat harvest is in full steam when the rain allows. We are just getting started with our rye harvest. A lot of grass hay has been made in the last two weeks. The heat and rain have made crops look a lot better. Corn is growing rapidly. Have a safe week.


We were fortunate to only receive a trace amount of rain May 31, so fieldwork has been at full steam since. We have finished planting our full-season soybeans, finished sidedressing and spraying corn, and hopefully, replanting soybeans. Planters and sprayers have been busy. Corn is finally getting its color with the drier, warmer weather. We have started spraying soybeans. Wheat and rye look close to harvest. I am sure some will be cut by my next report. Take time to stay safe.


Another wet week for Pulaski County, and it’s raining as I send in this report. We had rain Friday (May 25), Monday evening and again Tuesday evening. We managed to get into the field May 25 before the rain and again May 28. Corn is looking very uneven due to all the rain. Please take time to stay safe in this busy season.


No field activities since my last report. We had rain every day from May 17-21. A few sprayers were on the move Thursday, but most fields remain too wet. Rain is predicted again during the weekend. Corn planting is complete and soybean planting ranges from almost finished to just getting started. I would estimate soybean planting 60 to 70 percent finished. Please take time to be safe.