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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.

9/14/2018

We were fortunate to only receive between 1.5 and 2 inches of rail last weekend (Sept. 8-9). Many areas received much more. We were back in the field Tuesday. Harvest seems to be progressing somewhat slowly with corn moistures higher than many would like. I have not heard of many yields yet, but what I have heard are variable and certainly not up to last year. Please take time to be careful.

9/7/2018

We received only a few light showers, none of which were more than .2 of an inch. Harvest is slowly getting started. I heard of a few more Group II soybeans being cut with disappointing yields. A few more fields of corn have been harvested. We shelled a small patch of corn Wednesday. This was our earliest planted corn and had a yield of just under 200 with 22 percent moisture. With heavy rains expected during the next few days, I expect it to be later this week before any more harvest activity. Take time to be safe as we enter this busy season.

8/31/2018

Harvest is rapidly approaching. We received another .5 of an inch of rain since my last report. I have heard of a few group 2 soybeans harvested with yields in the 50- to 60-bushel range. Corn harvest is probably at least a week away, although I am sure a few will try before then. As always, soon we will know how good (or bad) the crop really is. Please take time to stay safe as we enter harvest.

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.