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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.


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.


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.


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.


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