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 THE DAILY NEWS PAGE each evening after 6:00pm to make sure your area is working.
Additional information for parents for the 2020 season
Safety Precautions in light of Covid 19
Due to the current situation, Wibben Detasseling will be taking extra safety precautions.
There will be a no touch temperature check prior to employees loading on the bus. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or above, or who is experiencing symptoms such as coughing or sneezing will not be allowed to board the bus. Workers will be expected to maintain distancing while at the pickup locations. Workers will unload the bus front to back, and bus capacity will be limited to 2 people per seat. People will use the same seat all day. Everyone will be required to wear a mask (provided)or other face covering while on the bus, and wear a bandana or other face covering outside the bus whenever 6 ft distancing is not possible. Everyone will need to bring a bandana or other cloth face covering. Lunches and breaks will be staggered and taken outside the bus to facilitate distancing. Each employee needs to bring their own container of water. Bring at least a 1/2 gallon. An insulated gallon container is recommended. No sharing of or shared drinking containers! Water and single use cups will be available, and workers will need to wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds before using them. Communal water jugs will be disinfected periodically thru out the day, and refilling water bottles will not be allowed this year. Buses will be disinfected throughout the day and at the end of the day, and high touch surfaces will be disinfected throughout the day. Restroom facilities will be sanitized throughout the day. Hand washing facilities will be easily accessible at all times, as well as hand sanitizer. If you need to cough or sneeze, do so into your elbow. Avoid touching your face. Unnecessary physical contact, such as handshaking and hugging are strongly discouraged. While it has always been against the rules, touching or tampering with anyone else’s possessions will be grounds for immediate dismissal.
Please observe, and instruct your detasseler to observe and follow these guidelines, to help us all have a safe and productive season!
Average work day
We work 7 days a week, rain or shine. (If there is a thunderstorm or severe weather, we will wait for it to pass then return to work). We try to work in the field until about 1:30-2:00. Some days may be a little later, and some days may be a little earlier. We are almost always out of the fields by 3:00. The fields are 30 minutes to 1 hour from the pick up spots, so on the average day workers will be returning to their pickup spot approximately between 2:00 and 4:00. Every day is different depending on how much work we have for the day, the location and the weather, but this is our goal! The season will last approximately 3 1/2 weeks.
Signup meetings are different this year. We are having applicants pick up their application one week, then return it the following week at the designated time. At this time, we will not be doing our regular orientation and WPS training. We hope to be able to conduct those after June 26th, when we should move into the next phase of reopening. If that is not possible, we will have to do those online and on the first day. Watch our website and our Facebook page for updates about orientation!
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 address the situation..