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Tue Feb 19, 2013 01:43 PM CST

The crop roulette wheel is spinning for David Brown. With the market calling for corn, the Decatur, Ill., grower finds himself two years into a drought with subsoil moisture lagging by 12 inches heading into 2013. It’s corn he’s always counted on, but last year, soybeans waited for rain and corn didn’t.

There are other pressures, too. Herbicide-resistant waterhemp is closing in; corn rootworms were plentiful last year and a potential threat for 2013.

Crop rotation is just plain smart when you want to break pest cycles. Those are just some of the reasons Brown’s ...

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