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Detasseling corn a summer rite of passage for many rural teens

Jul 29, 2011 11:58:23 PM- chicagotribune.com
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In the Midwest, it's common to see squadrons of teenagers wade into fields of tall, scratchy stalks each summer to spark the growth of hybrid corn, popularized in the 1930s as a means to boost crop yields and quality, said Josh St. Peters, a spokesman for Pioneer Hi-Bred International seed company.

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