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Manage to Grow
Fri Aug 31, 2012 03:24 PM CDT

Farming several thousand acres doesn't guarantee profitability. But it does guarantee the operation will be more complex, the decisions bigger and the need for skilled labor and management greater -- and never-ending.

Here are the stories of three large-acre farmers. Each finds himself at a certain mile marker along the highway of growth. None knows where the road will end. None is likely done traveling down the road to bigness. But there are common threads to the way they each farm. They rely on technology, communications, access to capital and a sophisticated sense ...

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