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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.

10/12/2018

Harvest continues at full speed here in deep southern Illinois. We missed most of the rain and had only one day that we could not cut soybeans. Some are finished with corn. We are down to less than 200 acres of corn left to harvest. Soybean harvest is progressing. It always seems to go slower than it should, but more fields are empty every day. Yields continue to be variable, depending on summer rainfall. Take time to be safe in this busy season.

10/5/2018

Harvest is back in full swing. After more than 5 1/2 inches of rain from Sept. 21-28, we managed to get back into corn Sept. 29. We were back in soybeans Tuesday. We are about 60 percent finished with our corn harvest, but only about 20 percent with soybeans. Yields have so far been good but not record-breaking. Yields I have heard in our area seem to be highly variable, depending on the summer rains. Have a safe week.

9/28/2018

No report

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.