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Detasseling Information

Thank you for your interest in Portage Detasseling with Andy Simmons. You will find this page a good source for information of what to expect about work and what you will need.

What and Why?

Ever wonder just what corn detasseling was and why we need to do it? The following links can help answer these questions:

What is detasseling?
What to expect?

Information About the Work

What to expect:
  1. Busses leave from Portage North Middle School at 6:00 am and Walmart on Shaver road at 6:15 am.
  2. We will arrive in the fields and start working at 7:00 am.
  3. Water breaks will be taken as needed.
  4. Lunch is 30 minutes unpaid.
  5. We will arrive back at the schools between 3:30 and 4:30.
  1. Detasseling is not summer camp. Detasseling is work!
  2. I have been in the corn fields for over 30 years, detasseling can be enjoyable.
  3. You must be 14 to work.
  4. I will use the web page to let everyone know when work will begin. Start checking the web page July 1st and everyday after that. Thank You

Items You Will Need

  1. Pack a lunch in a small one person cooler. Do not pack lunches together. Workers could be at different ends of the field at lunch time so I want to make sure everyone will have his/hers lunch at lunch time.
  2. Corn will be wet in the mornings, from the dew. Rain gear is recommended to keep you dry.
  3. Sunscreen for face, ears, arms, and back of the neck.
  4. Your feet will get wet, old tennis shoes work the best (do not wear sandals).
  5. You can wear shorts if you would like.
  6. Write your name on anything you bring to work (i.e. your lunch and rain gear).

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