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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.

8/24/2018

Another quiet week in Pulaski County. We had three rain events since my last report, but total rainfall only added up to a little more than a half-inch. That sure beats nothing, but a good soaking rain would help the soybeans. I have heard a few Group II beans are ready to harvest, but most are weeks away. Corn harvest should start after Labor Day. Take time to stay safe as we approach the busy season.

8/17/2018

Rain showers moved through Wednesday, dropping .9 of an inch. After the .8 of an inch we received the previous week, attitudes improved at least. More rain is in the forecast in the next few days. That would help the soybeans. Corn is headed toward maturity. I expect corn harvest to get started the first week of September. Have a safe week.

8/10/2018

Another week of the same. A total of .15 inches of rain since my last report leaves our crops badly in need of a good rain. Have a safe week.

8/3/2018

We returned from the cool, green state of Alaska to the usual hot, dry brown of late July in southern Illinois. Crops are showing the lack of rainfall. With our no-till into cover crops, ours are holding out better than some, but I am sure the
top end of yields is going away. We will find out this fall. Have a safe week.