Cropwatchers
County Image

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.

10/20/2017

After another light shower Sunday (Oct 15), we were back in the field by Monday afternoon. There are becoming a lot of empty fields in this area of southern Illinois. We are more than half finished with our soybeans, and we probably have less than 200 acres of corn to harvest. Some wheat is being sown, and what was sown earlier is up and looking good. Please be safe this busy season.

10/13/2017

We finally had a wet week here in deep southern Illinois. After 0.4 of an inch of rain Sunday, we were back in the cornfield by Monday, but Monday night through Tuesday night we had almost 3 inches. Some areas across the county had up to 5.5 inches. It gave us a chance to catch up on jobs that we put off with the ongoing harvest. We may be able to get back in the corn by Saturday. I would estimate about 80 percent of the corn in our area has been harvested. Please do take time and be careful this week.

10/6/2017

It’s been another hot, dry week here in deep southern Illinois. You can find combines in the soybean fields by just watching the clouds of dust moving along. By afternoon, it seems soybean moistures are down to 10 percent or less. Our corn yields have been holding up pretty well, but soybean yields seem to be going down as we get into fuller season beans. I still hear yields are disappointing in dry pockets across the county. Do take time to be careful this week.

9/29/2017

It’s been another very dry week here in deep southern Illinois with no rain in the forecast. I’m very concerned about how dry conditions are going to affect late soybeans that are still trying to fill pods. We finally cut a few Group III soybeans this week. It was kind of a challenge cutting around all of the replant beans. It seems like all of our fields have replants, and you don’t get to cut a whole field at a time. The yields I hear continue to be highly variable. So far, our yields have held up very well. Please take time to be careful in this busy season.