2011 Hagan Detasseling
92 employees made between $1,000-$1,999
23 employees made between $2,000-$2,828
We worked a total of 99.4 hours
Common Questions about
Hagan Detasseling:What do I need for the paperwork meeting in June?
You must have a copy of your report card and a copy of your social security card.
When do you start?
Usually around July 3-11
(whenever the corn is ready)
Do you work Saturday and Sundays?
YES! Unfortunately the corn doesn't take a day off growing :(
How long do you work?
First, we usually work anywhere from 14-24 days.
Second, our days usually end anywhere between 1:00p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
What do you wear?
Comfortable shoes (can walk 7 miles a day!)
Knee Socks (on legs & arms)
Rain coat or garbage bag
Bandana/hankerchief around neck
Monsanto (corn company) provides:
What do you bring?
Cooler FULL of food
We are a family owned business out of Kearney, Nebraska. Currently we run a Kearney crew and a Minden/Axtell crew.
If you want to earn good money in a short amount of time, apply with us. Season usually runs 2-3 weeks in July.
If you have any questions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Brian, Hallie, Hattie & Brogan Hagan
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Detasseling corn is removing the pollen-producing flowers, the tassel, from the tops of corn plants and placing them on the ground. It is a form of pollination control, employed to cross-breed, or hybridize, two varieties of corn.
Fields of corn that will be detasseled are planted with two varieties of corn. Removing the tassels from all the plants of one variety leaves the grain that is growing on those plants to be fertilized by the tassels of the other, with the result being a hybrid. In addition to being more physically uniform, hybrid corn produces dramatically higher yields than corn produced by open pollination. With modern seed corn, the varieties to hybridize are carefully selected so that the new variety will exhibit specific traits found in the parent plants. The detasseling process usually involves the use of both specialized machines and human labor.
Whether or not a field of seed corn is initially detasseled by machines, eventually people are employed to detassel the plants that the machines missed and to remove any tassels that the machines left in the leaves of other corn plants. This is done either by having "detasselers" walk through the corn field removing the tassels or by having detasselers ride through the corn field on a detasseler carrier. Detasseler carriers are typically employed when the corn is too tall to be detasseled from ground level. Each carrier can hold from eight to twelve detasselers.
Detasseling work is usually performed by teens; as such, it serves as a typical rite of passage in rural areas of the Corn Belt of the Midwestern United States For many teens in these areas it is their first job. Exact starting dates depend on the specific area of the country and the growing conditions of any given year. The detasseling "season" typically lasts from two to four weeks with work days varying from just a few hours to over 10 hours depending on the growing season. Wages for detasselers vary greatly; some detasselers earn minimum wage while others earn over $12.00 per hour. Individual wages depend on the seed corn company, the detasseling contractor, the experience of the detasseler and even the individual field conditions such as the number of plants per acre, percentage of the tassels pulled by a detasseling machine or the height of the corn.
The manner by which wages are determined can also vary greatly between detasseling contractors. Some pay a straight hourly wage, others pay on a piece rates basis where detasselers are paid an amount for every row, panel or acre detasseled. Other contractors use a rating system to determine detasseler wages for a given day.In addition to employing a large teenage workforce, some areas of the country employ migrant workers as detasselers. Migrant workers wages are usually paid on a piece rates basis