Pulaski County

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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 Crop…

We have received another 1.5 inches of rain in two events since my last report, which has helped crops to continue improvement. Fungicide applications have continued on both corn and soybeans. Other spraying applications are slowing down with the exception of double-crop soybeans. Take time …

We had a nice rain over the weekend of July 10. We received 1.75 inches on our farm with amounts of up to 3 inches in parts of the county. This really helped crops which were suffering from lack of rain. More is in the forecast, which would be beneficial. Corn fungicide is still being applie…

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Another dry week in Pulaski County. We had showers across the county Thursday (July 8) but only received a tenth of an inch on our farm. Some locations received as much as an inch. More rain is in the forecast for the weekend so I am hopeful we will get more as crops are suffering from the d…

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Hard to believe we are already into July. Most of the early corn is starting to tassel and soybeans are growing rapidly. Corn fungicide applications should start in the next week. Soybean herbicide applications will continue. Wheat harvest is just about finished with yields ranging from trip…

We have finished our rye harvest and planting our double-crop soybeans. Wheat harvest is already winding down and I have heard yields have been "good.” With only a quarter of an inch of rain in the last week, the dust is starting to fly. It has been good weather for making hay. Please stay s…

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We finally had a week with no rainfall! Managed to finish spraying post on soybeans on Thursday (June 17). Wheat harvest has started but I have not heard anything about yields. We started harvesting rye on Wednesday. Planting of full season soybeans has finally finished up in the area and we…

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Another damp week here in deep southern Illinois. Although not much accumulation, we had showers and drizzles on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday last week. That made it difficult to accomplish any post-spray applications. Wheat and rye harvest are rapidly approaching. The rainfall and wind have…

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More rain. I sure hope some is saved for July! We had rain on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this past week with totals of 1.5 inches on our farm. We did manage to finish spraying corn, but early planted soybeans need it badly. With all the rain and finally getting some warm weather the cro…

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It was a busy week here in deep southern Illinois with a number of days suitable for fieldwork. We managed to finish sidedressing corn and most of the corn received its post-herbicide application. A lot of soybeans were planted. On Wednesday morning (May 26), the rains resumed with a half-in…

Warm weather has finally arrived. With highs in the mid- to upper-80s, crops are finally greening up. We have had just scattered showers since my last report with not much accumulation but enough to keep things damp and limit fieldwork. We have not been able to resume planting but have been …

Another wet week here in deep southern Illinois. A few tractors and sprayers started moving Wednesday. We started side-dressing corn, but it was still too wet to resume planting. Corn stands are looking good, but it needs warm and drier weather. More rain is in the forecast starting Saturday…

It has rained for five days since my last report, accumulating almost 3 inches. Needless to say, there has been no fieldwork. The ground has been saturated for the last week. I am unsure about the acres which were seeded before this "rainy season" started two weeks ago. With more rain predic…

We have only had half a day in the field since my last report. We have received almost 3 inches of rain since April 23. With more rain in the forecast for the first weekend in May, I don't know when we will be able to resume planting. I am happy we got an early start and are as far along wit…

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In spite of some light showers and cooler temperatures, planting continued to make rapid progress. On Tuesday and Wednesday night, lows were right around freezing. I do not believe there was much damage to crops, but we will know in the next week or so. Please take time to stay safe in this …

Fieldwork restarted at a fast pace April 12. We managed to finish planting corn Thursday and started planting soybeans. This is the earliest I can remember being finished with corn planting. I am a bit nervous about having all of my corn planted in such a short window. Rain is in the forecas…

With warm, windy weather, it was a busy few days until Wednesday night when we had .6 of an inch of rain. Everyone was running at full speed with both corn and some soybean planters running.  We managed to plant almost half of our corn. More rain is in the forecast, so it may be this week be…

Welcome to a new season of CropWatchers. The spring rush is just getting started. There has been some anhydrous applied as well as dry fertilizer and some burndown applications between the showers. We hope to get started applying burndown to our corn ground tomorrow (Saturday). Temps are exp…