Bean Buggy Blues
Pam Smith DTN\Progressive Farmer Crops Technology Editor
Thu Jun 7, 2012 09:03 AM CDT

DECATUR, Ill. (DTN) -- Last summer, Johnny Dodson got down on one knee and proposed that I join his spot-spray weed crew.

All right, so the gallant gesture was actually an effort to get me up and into one of the bucket seats on the toolbar, mounted on the front of his tractor (when did that distance become such a leap?). Dodson was so desperate to tackle herbicide-resistant pigweed on his Halls, Tenn., farm that he dusted off his old four-person spot sprayer and put it to use after decades of disuse.

When I showed up at his farm, I ...

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