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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.


Well, we are back in the summer weather here in southern Illinois with highs in the 90s. Sure doesn’t feel like fall. We were fortunate enough to receive about 0.3 of an inch of rain in a pop-up shower Sunday afternoon. It was very localized. Corn moisture is still staying higher than usual. There’s not much incentive to dry with $3 corn. Guys are pretty slow getting into the cornfields. I’d estimate maybe 25 percent of the corn has been harvested in our area. There’s not been very many soybeans harvested yet. Group 3 leaves seem to be hanging on. We hope to cut some Group 3’s this week or so. Please take time to be careful in this busy season.


Harvest is continuing to progress slowly here in our area of southern Illinois. A few more soybean and cornfields are looking empty, but it seems like harvest moistures are not progressing very rapidly. Most mid-May and the later-planted corn moisture remains in the low to mid-20s. Group III soybeans are dropping leaves, and some should be ready in the next week or so. We only received .3 of an inch of rain spread over two days from Hurricane Irma. Soil conditions remain very dry. Please do take time to be careful this week.


It has really felt like fall the last two days here in deep southern Illinois with lows in the 40s and highs in the 70s. It does, however, continue to be dry with no rain in the forecast. Corn harvest is getting started, and a few Group II soybeans are being cut. A few Group III beans are starting to turn yellow. Corn yields I’ve heard are continuing to be highly variable, depending on if you were in the areas that got rain. Please take time to be careful in this upcoming week.


We are getting closer to harvest here in deep southern Illinois. A few have started corn, and it seems like yields are highly variable with some pleased and some disappointed. A young farmers’ yield tour found yields ranging from 147 to 194 across Pulaski and Alexander counties. I guess farmers will soon find out whether they were in the areas that got enough rain or not. There a few soybeans starting to shade yellow, and a few Group II’s getting close to harvest. Please take time and be careful in this upcoming busy season.