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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.


What a year! As I send in my final report for the 2019 crop year, I can at last report we are finished with harvest. From a late, wet planting season with a record number of prevented plant acres to record-low temps with snow in November, it has been a challenging year. Yields were good, considering the conditions, and next year will be better! If it was easy, everyone would want to farm! We are blessed to be able to do something we love. Please remember to stay safe as we wrap up the 2019 season.


A slow week for fieldwork. We have not been in the field at all since my last report. We are still one day away from finishing our harvest. Most are finished or almost, except for late-planted soybeans. With dry weather in the forecast, hopefully, we can wind up harvest this week. Please remember to be careful this week.


It really feels like winter as I send in this report. With lows in the low 20s and the low teens in the forecast for this week, what happened to fall? We managed to get in the field Monday afternoon and Tuesday before rain returned Wednesday morning. We had a total of 1.8 inches Wednesday and Thursday. With only about one day needed for us to finish harvest, we are anxious to get back into the field, but it will probably be at least this week. Remember to take time to stay safe this week.


We received more than 3 inches of rain Oct. 26, a light drizzle Oct. 28 and then another 1.25 inches Wednesday. So, no fieldwork was done last week. We are expecting temps in the mid-20s, so that should end the growing season in Pulaski County. With high temps in the 50s and lows in the 20s and 30s, drying will be slow. Hopefully, we will be able to get back in the field this week to finish harvest of our double-crop soybeans. Most in our area are down to those late-planted fields, so if the weather would just cooperate, harvest would be over quickly. Do remember to take time and be careful this week.