Weed Whackers
Pam Smith DTN\Progressive Farmer Crops Technology Editor
Wed Aug 26, 2015 12:08 PM CDT

BLUE MOUND, Ill. (DTN) -- It's 7 a.m. and the pile of shoes and water jugs sitting outside Amy Brown's back door tell a tale. Inside the white farmhouse, teenagers cover the carpet and sprawl across sofas, soaking up the last few gasps of air conditioning before heading to the soybean field.

The central Illinois humidity already hangs heavy in the air. A few frisky boys shoot hoops as they wait for stragglers that are apt to arrive still wiping sleep from their eyes.

Brown, a Blue Mound, Illinois, farmer, farm wife and mother turned bean-walking crew leader this summer. ...

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