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FOR KIDS: Weed wars

Farmers fight unwanted plants among crops

When Stanley Culpepper was a kid, he spent hours pulling weeds on his family’s farm. “We pulled and pulled and pulled,” he says. 

Culpepper loved working on the farm, but he didn’t like weeding. He became a scientist to figure out easier ways for farmers to control weeds.

“I decided there’s got to be a better way than pulling weeds all your life,” says Culpepper, now a weed scientist at the University of Georgia in Tifton. He and other scientists found chemicals can tackle many weeds. But increasingly, this chemical weed control is coming at a price — a big price, ecologically.

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