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Corn Detassling

Lovina's teenage daughter, Elizabeth, is spending this summer "detasseling" corn.  CTLorna posted a question in our forum asking what this detasseling is and I've had others wondering the same thing. So I thought to quench everyone's curiosity I'd share this interesting article about the vanishing practice of corn detassling....

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GOD BLESS YOU

yES - THANK YOU FOR SHARING THE INFO.

It is basically what i thought it might be.  Some of the stories about the mud surprised me.  I remember one summer an important part for the equipment that got the early weeks out of the cornfield kept failing to show up and we had to use a hoe so the weeds would not take over. i judt remember HOT and ragweed stinks even wen it is not very big.

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Thanks for explaining this.  I'm glad others wanted to know too.  I wasn't sure where to put my question.

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My wife detasseled corn when she was in high school. They rode on a machine that had platforms for them to stand on. This made them at the right height for the tassels. This was for a seed corn company. It was hot work. If it had rained very much they would have to walk the fields. She only did this for one year and then moved  into the office. Much better job.

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"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift... that's why they call it the present."

Very common in my area, although I never did it.  Kids around 14 or so would meet early in the morning at the high-school, and a bus would take them out to the fields.  I am not sure how they did it, but stories I heard was that they rode on some sort of a machine.  It is very HOT work, due to the time of year and also that they usually wear jeans/long sleeves because the corn makes you itchy and can give you scratches and "paper cuts".

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It is funny how illusory these glamorous celebrities are, when all along their roots are pure middle american. Anyhow, I think this detassling is a very unique tradition, and something completely unknown in my neck of the woods. The only thing comparable is that a lot of kids used to go clamming for extra cash, although not with the type of cameraderie shown with the corn detasselers. Thanks for the story. Sue

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Here's a tidbit of useless information: The supermodel Cindy Crawford (her heyday was the 90s) was a corn detassler in the summers to make money as a teenager. For some reason I just remember her talking about that and she had the pics to prove it.

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"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift... that's why they call it the present."

A Dr. I worked with went to HS with Cindy Crawford, and for part of his presentations, he would show her yearbook photo, just for kicks. (Though, it really didn't fit in with orthopedic surgery).