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…

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…