The tall corn of Paul Renz's fields, outside Platte City, Mo., grows 80 bushels an acre, even in a dry year. Thousands of people from tall corn states went out to Renz's last week, parked their cars, climbed for places on the crook of low hills—a sort of natural balcony—around one field. At noon 13 wagons drove past the crowd. Beside the driver in each wagon sat the finalists in the U. S. cornhusking championship, all of them famous huskers, winners of sectional tournaments. They were young...

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