Detassling

During detassling season we go through the field removing the tassels from the female rows.  About 80%-90% of the tassels are removed with mechanical cutters and pullers.  Each year we hire 40-60 boys and girls 14+ years old to go through the fields 2-3 more times removing the missed tassels to ensure the purity of the seed produced.   The season usually lasts 2-3 weeks depending on the weather at that time.