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Iowa's Teen Detasselers Can't Reach Corn

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Iowa's Teen Detasselers Can't Reach Corn

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Iowa's Teen Detasselers Can't Reach Corn

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It's a tradition for teenagers in the Corn Belt: a summer job taking the tassels off the tops of corn stalks. A very good year for corn has turned into a bad year for some teen detasselers. The Des Moines Register reports some young workers are being sent home because they can't reach the top of the unusually tall corn plants.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning, Im Renee Montagne.

It's a tradition for teenagers in the Corn Belt: a summer job taking the tassels off the tops of corn stalks. And a very good year for corn has turned into a bad year for some teen detasselers. The Des Moines Register reports some young workers are being sent home because they can't reach the top of the unusually tall corn plants. Some stalks have shot up to over seven feet, and that's one growth spurt economists weren't watching for.

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