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August 25, 2015 02:13 AM

What A Day: Sunk by Summer Rains

This pasture was growing well thanks to recent rains, but the tall grass was hiding a sinkhole at the bottom of a rise.

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RUTLEDGE,_NATHANIEL,_LUKEYoung Cotton Choppers Patrol Delta Farmland

Hand-chopping weeds dates back to the dawn of agriculture. Despite mechanization, precision technology and chemical application, chopping crews still march fields searching for pigweed, marestail and other weeds.
At Agostinelli Farms in Clarksdale, Miss., brothers Rutledge and Luke Agostinelli patrol their family’s cotton fields every summer morning. Hoes in hand, along with Nathaniel Strohm, the trio walks rows from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., before the Delta heat bakes the ground. They not only want clean, pristine fields but are also beating back resistant weeds. Rutledge, 13; Luke, 10; and Nathaniel, 13; navigate a sea of cotton each day—a testament to the rock-solid work ethic of farm kids.

Stat Rack

The corn industry has dramatically changed in the past decade. In 2014, here’s
how corn stacked up:

14.2 billion - Bushels produced

6.57 billion - Bushels processed for food, seed and industrial usage

5.275 billion - Bushels processed for feed and residual usage

10,000 to 20,000 - Jobs added to our domestic economy or every 1 billion gallons of ethanol produced

33 lb. Sweetener can be made from 1 bu. of corn

25 lb. Corn each American consumes annually

SOURCE: National Corn Growers Association, World of Corn 2015
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