We will not know the exact start date for  detasseling until 2 days before the season starts. My best guess right  now is between the 1st and 6th of July. I will call or facebook each employee (WHICH EVER YOU PREFER) as soon as I have a start date for you. Every season is  different, some seasons i may not be able to contact everyone for the  first day. DO NOT JUST SHOW UP AT THE BUS IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN  CONTACTED. I will contact and let you know your start date as soon as i  can.   THANKS, CALE


 Detasseling is a job where things change day to day, so it is important  to check the daily news page of the web site every evening after 6:00pm through the season.  It's no fun to show up at the pick up to find out the bus is not  running. Don't listen to rumors, check each evening after 6:00pm to make  sure your area is working.  


We are preparing for another great detasseling season!

STARTING PAY FOR PULLERS is $7.75 under 18 years of age and $8.25 over 18 years of age.

Attendance  bonus ~ attendance bonuses are for field time hours and are paid at the  end of the season.                               

Perfect attendance -  

bonus of $1.50 for each field work hour 

Miss 1 day $1.25 per hour 

Miss 2 days $1.00 per hour

Miss 3 days $.75 per hour 

Miss 4 days $.50  per hour 

Miss 5 days $.25 per hour




Not completing the work day (clocking out early) may count against  your attendance bonus. You are still paid for hours worked if you clock  out early.


Crew boss ~ $1.00/hour bonus.  Workers will receive an additional $1.00 per hour for crew boss hours.   Crew boss positions will be filled on a daily basis from the worker  pool.  These positions are not necessarily filled with the fastest  pullers.  A good crew boss is much more than a good puller.  They are  responsible for the physical well being of their crew as well as their  morale.  They are accountable for the quality and the quantity of their  crew's work.  They must be a teacher, a supervisor, a leader, and a  friend to their crew. Crew bosses are also responsible for general  behavior on the bus. They are expected to monitor, address, and if  nessacery, report inappropriate behavior or issues on the bus. We expect  a lot from our crew bosses, but we do offer some extras, such as the  chance to develop leadership skills on the job and extra pay.                                                         

 Crew boss bonus  and attendance bonus will be paid on your final check.         

We require two forms of ID from every  employee. We must have photocopies of your IDs before your application  is considered complete. The most commonly used forms of ID are either  your social security card or birth certificate (from the state or  county, not the hospital) AND either state driver’s license, a state ID card, school ID,  or report card.  See Federal Form I-9 or ask us for more ID options. We hire  returning workers first, then we hire in the order of completed  applications, based on availability. 



We communicate extensively via Facebook, and on our website. Please  check the website daily after 6 Pm to see if there are any changes to  the schedule. We highly recommend that you friend us on Facebook so that  you can be up to date on daily happenings. When contacting us on  Facebook please do so in a private message, otherwise we might miss your  comment in the newsfeed and not be able to answer you! 

Workers will be paid directly by Wibben Detasseling. FINAL PAYDAY WILL  BE 5 DAYS AFTER THE SEASON ENDS.  We will hand out paychecks at your  sign up location. If you can’t pick it up, we will mail it to you. We  keep detailed records of daily hours worked by each employee, but we  also recommend that you keep track of your hours for your own  information. Hours are posted on the buses periodically, or you can call  or Facebook message any time with questions about your hours. Workers  are paid from the time you start work in the first field till the time  you finish work in the last field, minus a half hour for lunch. Water  and snack breaks are paid. This year bus travel time between your pick  up spot and the field is paid both ways, as well as travel time between  fields. Times are rounded to the closest 15 minutes. 


All employees must ride the bus to work. No personal vehicles are  allowed. While on the bus, your driver is your boss. Respect them. Stay  in your seat and keep the aisles clear. Pick up your trash, on the bus  and at the pickup spots. Good behavior on the bus and at the pickup  spots is just as important as when in the field. Always enter and exit the bus through the front door.


As we start the season, the speed at which you travel through the  field will be dictated by your ability to pull tassels to our quality  control standards.  The standards are very simple:  if a plant still has  a tassel in it, pull it out.  The only reason any of us are getting  paid is to eliminate tassels - all of them.   Poor work quality and/or a  poor attitude can threaten your job.  If you don't understand what to  look for, ask your crew boss or supervisor for a refresher course. As  the season progresses, so should your speed.

If you see something  dangerous or inappropriate, tell your supervisor. If you have a problem  on the job, physical or mental, tell your supervisor immediately.  We  can’t correct it if we don’t know about it. Report any injury  immediately, no matter how minor. If you feel you need medical attention  after going home for the day please notify us or call Monsanto’s nurse,  Bernita Johnson, at 217-303-1579 before going to the doctor.Treat  your fellow workers the way you would like to be treated. Poor  attitude, inappropriate language, cursing and inappropriate subject  matter can jeopardize your job.


 We  want to provide work conditions that are  as pleasant as possible,  while still getting the job done. Sometimes,  pleasant as possible, is  not very pleasant. On some days you will be  hot, on some you will be  wet and cold, and on most days you will be  tired and sore. Under these  conditions, you will, undoubtedly, have  periods when you are a bit  irritated and may have your temper flare. If  this happens, remember to  keep your cool and let a leader know your  situation and we will adress the situation.