Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 41
  1. #1
    Hall-Of-Famer
    Points: 79,058, Level: 87
    Level completed: 40%, Points required for next Level: 1,092
    Overall activity: 6.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran50000 Experience Points
    twojman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Clive
    Posts
    4,440
    Points
    79,058
    Level
    87
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 23
    Given: 34

    Detassle - contracting

    Just wondering if anyone on this board has detassled before...I did while in high school and college.

    My main question is how do I contract out acres to detassle myself? I live in Central Iowa (Clive). Does anyone have a contact? Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.



  2. #2
    Addict
    Points: 164,510, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 6.0%
    Achievements:
    50000 Experience PointsCreated Album picturesVeteran
    CtownCyclone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Houston
    Posts
    8,742
    Points
    164,510
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 101
    Given: 86

    Re: Detassle - contracting

    I detassled for a summer. Sealed the "going to college" deal in my mind (not that I needed much convincing to begin with). Nothing like walking around in a wet cornfield in the heat.



  3. #3
    All-Star
    Points: 35,467, Level: 58
    Level completed: 2%, Points required for next Level: 1,183
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran25000 Experience Points

    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    1,475
    Points
    35,467
    Level
    58
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 12
    Given: 12

    Re: Detassle - contracting

    Quote Originally Posted by twojman View Post
    Just wondering if anyone on this board has detassled before...I did while in high school and college.

    My main question is how do I contract out acres to detassle myself? I live in Central Iowa (Clive). Does anyone have a contact? Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.


    I am not sure if they contract anymore. I contracted 4 acres in high school myself........but that has been a few moons ago, and from what I have heard, they run only crews right now. Put in a call to a seed company(Pioneer, Dekalb) and see what they have to say.



  4. #4
    Starter
    Points: 14,461, Level: 36
    Level completed: 52%, Points required for next Level: 389
    Overall activity: 1.0%
    Achievements:
    10000 Experience PointsVeteran

    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Ankeny, IA
    Posts
    620
    Points
    14,461
    Level
    36
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 11
    Given: 13

    Re: Detassle - contracting

    I was a corn pimp(pollinator) for 3 summers. Two at Pioneer and one at Mycogen. There were some people I knew that detassled for Mycogen on contract I believe. You could call their office in Huxley and see if that is still possible.



  5. #5
    Pro
    Points: 60,097, Level: 76
    Level completed: 3%, Points required for next Level: 1,553
    Overall activity: 2.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran50000 Experience Points
    DRCHIRO's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Norwalk
    Posts
    2,214
    Points
    60,097
    Level
    76
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 24
    Given: 2

    Re: Detassle - contracting

    My Dad has run a crew for 30+ years and he contracts out about 2000 acres a year. The way he made it sound is that most seed companies are not contracting out acres here and there to a lot of people but rather a lot of acres to a few people.

    People would do it all hours of the day and it was tough for the checkers to keep track of who was doing what and when they were doing it.

    Either way, it wouldn't hurt to call the seed companies and ask.



  6. #6
    Pro
    Points: 48,199, Level: 67
    Level completed: 90%, Points required for next Level: 151
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteran25000 Experience Points
    sodakjoe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Ames via Sioux Falls, SD
    Posts
    2,799
    Points
    48,199
    Level
    67
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 0
    Given: 0

    Re: Detassle - contracting

    Quote Originally Posted by CtownCyclone View Post
    I detassled for a summer. Sealed the "going to college" deal in my mind (not that I needed much convincing to begin with). Nothing like walking around in a wet cornfield in the heat.
    I did it for one summer when I was 13, for two days. On the second day, I got heat exhaustion (the heat index was like 115 that day), collapsed in the field, and got carried back to the bus. At the end of the day I was "released". Made me decide I wanted a job with A/C. Yep, I'm a pansy, and I'm loving it.


    Green hills for thy throne, and for crown a golden melody/Ringing in the hearts of all who bring thee love and loyalty/Dear Alma Mater, make our spirits great
    True and valiant like the bells of I-O-WA STATE!

    And thank you Stumpy for this:

  7. #7
    Speechless
    Points: 213,075, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 29.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteran50000 Experience Points

    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    16,641
    Points
    213,075
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 579
    Given: 316

    Re: Detassle - contracting

    I used to contract acres through a seed corn company called Ansco in Western Iowa (by the small town of Whiting).

    Made $41 an hour one summer, tax free! Great way to make some cash in a short time, but the work sucks.



  8. #8
    Pro
    Points: 65,549, Level: 79
    Level completed: 44%, Points required for next Level: 901
    Overall activity: 15.0%
    Achievements:
    50000 Experience PointsVeteran
    cy4prez7's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Ames
    Posts
    2,630
    Points
    65,549
    Level
    79
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 53
    Given: 30

    Re: Detassle - contracting

    Probably not work out for you. They are slowly cutting contractors across the state as they implement their new tassleless corn. Eventually detasseling in Iowa will be not existent. You can always try but you probably don't have a very good chance.


    KCCO



    Follow me on Twitter: @datBASS3
    Follow Iowa State Drumline on Twitter: @ISUDrumline or on FB

  9. #9
    Pro
    Points: 26,095, Level: 49
    Level completed: 55%, Points required for next Level: 455
    Overall activity: 24.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran25000 Experience Points
    jbindm's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Des Moines
    Posts
    2,744
    Points
    26,095
    Level
    49
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 369
    Given: 220

    Re: Detassle - contracting

    In high school and college I used to rogue and detassel during summers. You might have better luck trying to contract some acres for roguing. It's generally easier, requires just a few people to get through one average sized field in a day or two and the money is about the same.
    Call the local offices for Mycogen, Pioneer, etc., and see what they offer for that.



  10. #10
    Pro
    Points: 39,336, Level: 61
    Level completed: 22%, Points required for next Level: 1,014
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteranCreated Album pictures25000 Experience Points

    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Ames
    Posts
    2,974
    Points
    39,336
    Level
    61
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 36
    Given: 15

    Re: Detassle - contracting

    Quote Originally Posted by sodakjoe View Post
    I did it for one summer when I was 13, for two days. On the second day, I got heat exhaustion (the heat index was like 115 that day), collapsed in the field, and got carried back to the bus. At the end of the day I was "released". Made me decide I wanted a job with A/C. Yep, I'm a pansy, and I'm loving it.

    13? In my younger days, one had to be 14 before they could detassle on a crew. It was kind of a right of passage for some of us. Two junior high teachers ran the crews and the older, experienced kids got to go out early and rogue.



  11. #11
    Starter
    Points: 14,461, Level: 36
    Level completed: 52%, Points required for next Level: 389
    Overall activity: 1.0%
    Achievements:
    10000 Experience PointsVeteran

    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Ankeny, IA
    Posts
    620
    Points
    14,461
    Level
    36
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 11
    Given: 13

    Re: Detassle - contracting

    Quote Originally Posted by jbindm View Post
    In high school and college I used to rogue and detassel during summers. You might have better luck trying to contract some acres for roguing. It's generally easier, requires just a few people to get through one average sized field in a day or two and the money is about the same.
    Call the local offices for Mycogen, Pioneer, etc., and see what they offer for that.

    At the risk of sounding stupid, what do you do when you rogue?



  12. #12
    Addict
    Points: 183,541, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 13.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran50000 Experience Points
    Clark's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Ottumwa
    Posts
    9,382
    Points
    183,541
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 491
    Given: 74

    Re: Detassle - contracting

    Quote Originally Posted by CloneIce View Post
    I used to contract acres through a seed corn company called Ansco in Western Iowa (by the small town of Whiting).

    Made $41 an hour one summer, tax free! Great way to make some cash in a short time, but the work sucks.
    Just because you didn't pay taxes on it doesn't make it tax free



  13. #13
    Pro
    Points: 48,199, Level: 67
    Level completed: 90%, Points required for next Level: 151
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteran25000 Experience Points
    sodakjoe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Ames via Sioux Falls, SD
    Posts
    2,799
    Points
    48,199
    Level
    67
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 0
    Given: 0

    Re: Detassle - contracting

    Quote Originally Posted by Ms3r4ISU View Post
    13? In my younger days, one had to be 14 before they could detassle on a crew. It was kind of a right of passage for some of us. Two junior high teachers ran the crews and the older, experienced kids got to go out early and rogue.
    In South Dakota, you only have to be 13 for farm labor. Pretty much every kid on the crew was 13-14 years old. If you were 16 or older, you led a group. They were able to hire us super cheap because we couldn't legally get other jobs.


    Green hills for thy throne, and for crown a golden melody/Ringing in the hearts of all who bring thee love and loyalty/Dear Alma Mater, make our spirits great
    True and valiant like the bells of I-O-WA STATE!

    And thank you Stumpy for this:

  14. #14
    Pro
    Points: 26,095, Level: 49
    Level completed: 55%, Points required for next Level: 455
    Overall activity: 24.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran25000 Experience Points
    jbindm's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Des Moines
    Posts
    2,744
    Points
    26,095
    Level
    49
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 369
    Given: 220

    Re: Detassle - contracting

    Quote Originally Posted by BirdOfWar View Post
    At the risk of sounding stupid, what do you do when you rogue?
    Without getting too detailed, it's identifying and removing any plants that may be diseased or an unwanted variety to maintain the quality and integrity of the crop....seeking out and destroying the mutant plants, more or less. Fun stuff. It's usually done a couple weeks in advance of the detasseling season. Or at least it was back in my day.



  15. #15
    Hall-Of-Famer
    Points: 65,535, Level: 79
    Level completed: 43%, Points required for next Level: 915
    Overall activity: 1.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialRecommendation Second ClassVeteranCreated Album pictures50000 Experience Points
    Cycofan1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    4,100
    Points
    65,535
    Level
    79
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 0
    Given: 0

    Re: Detassle - contracting

    Quote Originally Posted by BirdOfWar View Post
    At the risk of sounding stupid, what do you do when you rogue?

    Haha it's alright. He is asks is a fool for 5 minutes, but he who doesn't ask remains a fool forever.


    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneErik View Post
    And I'm thinking that cycofan just made the air, baby!
    Quote Originally Posted by rworkman83 View Post
    I'll be honest, Cycofan1 sounds much older than what he makes me believe on here.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
  • TV: FOX
  • Iowa State vs. Baylor
  • September 27, 2014
  • 07:20 PM