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detasseling
> How long does detasseling last?
~Typically two to four weeks,
depending on the season.
> When does detasseling start?
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can expect
How It’s Do
The Call
in mid June or July,
you’ll get a call. Whenel, natweure
says it’s time to detass of we’lleks.
need you for a couple
Sometime
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Your jo
to Pioneber. as a detasseler is v
each row o Here’s what to do ery important
every tassel. f corn assigned to : You’ll go down
the fields, a Sometimes you m you and pull
a machine nd sometimes you ay walk through
hide, so loocalled a personnel may ride on
row must b k carefully! Each carrier. Tassels
be ruined. e pulled or the htassel in your
ybrid seed
will
1 ) find the tas
2 ) grab the ta sel
3 ) pull it off ssel
4 ) throw it o
n the ground
W hat to Wear
A Day in the Field
You’ll
get up early — probably around
5 or 6 a.m., get dressed in detasseling gear, eat
a good breakfast and pack a lunch. Some snacks
are good, a lot of water is key. Then, you’
out the door to meet the other people on reyour
detasseling team at the designated pick up point.
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> long pants
> long sleeve sh
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> socks
> closed-toe sho
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(high top shoes ar
e best)
> netted hat
> gloves
> safety glass
> sunscreen es
W h y We l
D eta s s e
el to make hybrid seed
We detass
corn. Here is how it works: let’s say
we have two types of seed corn plants,
one that is resistant to disease and the
other that grows fast. If we plant them
side-by-side in rows, they can produce
corn that is both fast growing and disease resistant.
To make this work, the tassel
one row must be pulled off s from
what is called “detasseling.” If and that is
right, we get a hybrid seed co it is done
will be sold to farmers all overrn that
the world.