Detasseling Stories

United States
August 4, 2011 11:20am CST
I have been detasseling corn for D&D Detasseling for three years now and everyday is a new adventure. I made some pretty good money this year. I've worked everyday these past three weeks possible by law. My detasseling story is that one day last year it was really wet and muddy outside. We were on the bus ready to go home, but the bus got stuck in the mud. The wheels kept on spinning, but we were getting no where. So a couple of the big guys had to get off the bus and help push the bus out of the mud. After a few seconds of wheel spinning and pushing, the bus was out of the mud. We almost got stuck a second time then after the other guys got back on the bus, but we made it through okay. This year though, there wasn't that much excitement, but at least it's over now. Hopefully I can find a better job next summer that doesn't involve me getting up at 5:00 every morning to go trudge through wet soaking corn and blistering afternoons for less than worthy wages. Do you guys have any interesting detasseling stories you would like to share?
1 response
@peavey (14932)
• United States
4 Aug 11
I didn't know there were companies or job positions that detasseled corn. Don't know what I thought - I know that corn has to be detasseled before it's sold unless it's sold in the husk. I guess I thought it was done by machine. No stories here, sorry!
• United States
4 Aug 11
well we detassel seed corn which is corn that is used to plant corn that produces corn that we eat. eating corn is not detasseled. I work under D&D Detasseling whuch is contratced by a company called Pioneer. Pioneer pays me, D&D doesn't, they are more like supervisors over the detasselers. You can check out D&D's website by going to: http://dandddetasseling.com/ I hope this helps.
@peavey (14932)
• United States
4 Aug 11
Strange. I save seed from year to year and that's the corn I don't bother to detassel!