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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.


No report this week.


I know it sounds like a broken record, but it was raining again as I called in my report Thursday evening. At least we managed to get in the field for two days last week, planting both corn and beans. The rain is supposed to end Friday morning, so hopefully, we won’t be out of the field for too long this time. Do take time to stay safe this week.


It was raining again as I called in my report Thursday evening. We received more than 4 inches of rain last weekend (April 28-30). Rains started again Wednesday and Thursday and were supposed to end Friday. We’ve had more than 1 inch of rain not including the rains Thursday evening. It will be quite a while before any field activities are accomplished here in southern Illinois. At least our soil moisture levels are getting recharged. I still feel that we count our blessings as we are much more fortunate than those living down in the river bottoms where major flooding is occurring. Please have a safe week.


We had 2.5 inches of rain Thursday through Sunday (April 20-23) and another 2 inches Wednesday night here in Pulaski County, so not much fieldwork got done last week. We have more heavy rains predicted during the weekend (April 29-30). They are predicting local flooding, so it will be well into May when our corn gets planted. All the rain has raised concerns about recent plantings that were done into less-than-ideal conditions. Please take time and be careful. Stay safe in this busy season.