The heat isn’t stopping the detassling of the corn fields

Posted By: Jason Taylor

SEWARD, Neb. The Excessive Heat warnings are not slowing down detasslers.

Around 100 detasslers were out in the field southwest of Seward helping to produce hybrid seeds. This is done by detassling some rows that are suppose to be female only while leaving male rows. Site leader Jim Dowling with Monsanto says they have over 240 fields to work on this season.

"The first part of July is when we really start, right after the 4th of July. It carries on for about 3 to 4 weeks. This week is right around our peak for the year." Said Jim Dowling, Site Lead with Monsanto Company

Dowling says they monitor the heat index each day. Typically more water breaks are taken and first aid personnel are included at each site.

"We do monitor signs of symptoms of heat stress, heat illness. We try to get them out of the field and give them more fluids. Maybe give them something to eat to make sure they are staying healthy." Dowling said

16 year old Jacob Sloub has been detassling for five years says it can be tough at first but it’s not too bad.

"Maybe the first year I did it I may have wanted to quit because it was the hottest year for Nebraska in a long time back in 2012. But then after a while you get use to it and I actually do enjoy coming out each year." Said Jacob Sloub, 16 year old detassler

He’s also discovered some ways to help him get through the day.

"One thing that helps the most is if you have something like some sort of music going because it kind of just makes it so the time doesn’t seem like it’s dragging out, like it kind of passes with ease." Sloub said

They also try as hard as possible to not work during the hottest part of the day.

"They try to get out of here by 1, 2 o’clock in the heat like it is. They try to get out here early right around 5:30 or 6 o’clock." Dowling said

Some good news they tell me is so far nobody has suffered from serious heat exhaustion.