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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.


The weather allowed us to finish our rye harvest and plant our double-crop soybeans. We received about 0.6 of an inch of rain Thursday. It was great for the growing crops, but we could use more. Corn was rolling in the heat before the showers. Crop maturity is really spread out. I have seen corn from a foot tall to tassel and soybeans from just planted to closing rows on 15-inch spacing. Take time to have a safe week.


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.