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Pete Tekampe

is one of four original Cropwatchers still on the job and farms near Grayslake in Lake County.


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Combines were really rolling and the dust was flying over the weekend. Everything came to a stop Tuesday afternoon. We got 2 1/4 inches of rain through the night. The spot I just made it through Tuesday picking was underwater again. The creek went over its banks for the third time this year. About 95 percent of the beans are cut, but not much more than 40 percent of the corn. Yields seem to be off the last several years.


Finally a great week in Lake County. About 90 percent of the beans are cut with yields in the upper 40s. This is much better than most expected. Some corn was cut. Pastures are looking great. Remember to be safe.


Finally got some combining weather in Lake County. Reality finally set in. Beans are doing 0 to 60 bushels per acre in the same field with more and bigger wet spots than we've ever had. Some corn has been picked, but I haven’t heard of the yields. Most of the winter wheat has been planted. They're calling for more rain. I hope most of it misses us. Remember slow down and be safe.