Thank you for choosing Buresh Detasseling for your summer job. We appreciate the opportunity to work with you and will do our best to reward you with the best wage possible. Along the way our goal is to provide a safe work environment and to develop a good work ethic and attitude on each crew.
Our leaders in the field are trained and motivated to see that this job is one you will enjoy, be treated with respect, and paid fairly for.
Because you are a big part of our success, we ask that each detasseler work each day that is requested, show respect to leaders and fellow detasselers, and do their best in the field to ensure efficiency and quality.


Working Together

This is the key to having a successful season that is fun and gets you the best pay possible. If the crew can work efficiently and quickly through a field, meeting time and quality goals, wages for the crew on the whole can improve and the more days and fields we can work on. Seed companies we work with will give us more fields to work on and bonuses if we are efficient in the fields and produce a quality product for them.

Before You Can Work

All detasselers must complete the following forms before they can start working and ensure timely and accurate pay checks.
  1. Application and Parent Consent (If under 18 years of age)
  2. I-9 form (Click to Open)
  3. W-4 forms (Click to Open)

What To Bring

  • Water - Bring plenty, a 2-quart or gallon jug is recommended. Each bus or van will also have an extra supply the crew can use for refills.
  • Food - Bring a cooler full of what you like. Fruit, cookies, sandwiches, chips, and snacks. Bring plenty the first day to give you a guide on what to bring the following days.
  • DO NOT- Bring any cell phones, MP3 players, or any electrical/valuable item into the field they get lost easy and are nearly impossible to find.  Buresh Detasseling will not be held responsible for any lost items in the field.

What To Wear

  • Hat - They help. A baseball cap or straw hats are great.
  • Shirts - A long sleeve shirt is required while working in the field.  A long sleeve shirt also helps if the corn bothers your forearms. A thin material shirt is recommended.
  • Poncho -Bring a poncho or rain gear for the morning dew or when it rains. We do work in the rain.
  • Pants -Light fabric pants work best. Some people wear shorts if corn leaves do not bother them but you must have knee high socks to meet your shorts.
  • Socks & Shoes - Old tennis shoes work best. Work boots get heavy with mud and are hot. Most of the time people throw out their tennis shoes at the end of the season.
  • Safety Glasses & Gloves - Buresh Detasseling will provide. Safety glasses and gloves are required during work hours at all times.
  • Accessories - Other things to bring could include sunblock, bug spray, and other personal health items. If you are allergic to bee stings or have allergies be sure to bring your proper medication.


We provide transportation to and from fields every day. We encourage you to take advantage of it. The bus driver and crew leader will inform the crew of any riding rules and general behavior. Travel time to the first field of the day or the ride home is not paid for. Only travel during the day, from field to field is paid for.

Rules & Policies
No smoking is allowed. The fields we work on are owned and operated by local farmers and seed companies. Respect for their property and equipment is required. Place all your lunch or other trash in garbage bags that are provided or pack it out yourself.
All detasselers are required to arrive and start working when the crew starts and may not leave until the crew is done working for the day.
Grounds for dismissal include illegal activity, not wearing proper attire, abusive language, any harassment, or other reasons deemed inappropriate by Buresh Detasseling.

When Do We Start?

The detasseling season generally starts between July 5th and 15th. No specific amount of work can be guaranteed since a season length depends on corn growth, weather, and other variables not under our control. The detasseling season can last anywhere from 15 to 25 days.

The First Day

The first day is always the toughest. Show up early to the pick up site, especially if you have any paperwork to hand in. Bring extra food and water. You can always cut back on following days. Be attentive and cooperative to all leaders instructions.

Sign in Sheet

*You Must Sign in at the beginning of EVERY DAY otherwise we won't know you're there and it may cause you to not be written down on that days pay log*   
The crew leader and/or bus driver will have a sign in sheet for each detasseler to sign in everyday. This is important so we know the days and hours each detasseler works and to make sure everyone gets paid for the hours they worked. Please sign in with the same name used on the application and not a nickname or alternate name.

*Must be 13 years old before your first day of work

When Do I Get Paid?

Paychecks will be sent within three weeks from the last day worked by all crews for Buresh Detasseling. We are required to have all of your employment paperwork in our office before we can issue your check. If you have not received your check 21 days after the end of the pay period, please email us at payroll@bureshdetasseling.com to see if your paperwork/paycheck is complete.

Leadership In The Field

  • Region Manager - Sets up, manages, trains, and follows up on all aspects of the crews operations. From getting buses and insurance to training detasselers to pull tassels and work efficiently.
  • Area Manager - Manages a group of crews, working with them to ensure efficiency. They give crew assignments, monitor safety issues
  • Crew Leader - Daily lead and manage all crew activity. From bus safety and travel, working in the fields to become efficient, motivating and giving detasslers feedback on their work.
  • Bus Driver - Besides driving and maintaining the bus, drivers also assist with crew moral and discipline, sick workers, paperwork, and crew movement in the field.


If the detasseler or parent has a concern about any individual working or associated with Buresh Detasseling, any of the rules or policies, or the operations of Buresh Detasseling, please feel free to contact the area manager. If you feel your concern is not being taken care of to your satisfaction, please contact the regional office and or the region manager. We will do our best to ensure that your questions are heard and responded to.