Varsity’s roguers / detasselers are hand-picked and experienced, usually coming back year after year.
Depending on crew needs, we do hire first-year people if they are recommended by a Varsity worker or supervisor, or by a coach or teacher. We’re looking for good people: trustworthy, reliable, and good to work with. Age, height, physical condition and determination are all factors that make the job easier.
How old do you need to be? Most of our workers happen to be in high school and college. (For the record, Nebraska state law requires that crew members must be at least 12 at the time they work.)
Crew hiring statusSome Varsity crews are nearly full. We are hiring as follows:
Lincoln: Returning Varsity workers and others by invitation only
Seward: Returning Varsity workers and others by invitation only
Malcolm: No crew this year
Grand Island: Returning Varsity workers and newcomers who have completed all paperwork - send it in, we're hiring
Why rogue / detassel?
School’s out and you need cash for summer fun, for spending money during the school year, for tuition. Many treat seed corn field work like an annual career and Varsity offers the sort of pay that experienced workers deserve.
When do roguing and detasseling start?
The seasons for roguing and detasseling will often overlap a bit, but roguing season always starts earlier. Typically roguing will start at the end of June and last through most of July. Some of our crews only rogue. Other crews will do both. (The detasseling season usually doesn't kick in until July.)
Why work with Varsity?
For starters, experienced leaders and a pay system built for the highest rewards. Supervisors for Varsity receive annual training in crew management, field techniques, and field safety.
At the heart of the Varsity incentive system is the belief that efficient work deserves good pay-and for that matter, more efficient work deserves better pay.
We use a pay-by-the-row system to determine roguer / detasseler pay. Each row is worth a set dollar amount. The more rows you “pass,” the more money you make. Of all the incentive systems for field work, none are better at making sure you earn more for your efforts.
Varsity crews work on Pioneer Hi-Bred York and Pioneer Doniphan, Nebraska fields. Weekly in-season checks come from Pioneer with each worker being paid at the minimum wage rate. When the season is over, the remainder of pay that is owed for your work done on those fields is paid based on Varsity Detasseling's records by Pioneer. (It's still Varsity's system/records for paying its workers -- it's just the check(s) that come from Pioneer.) We encourage you to daily record your travel time and the time worked in the field. A season summary is available of your days, hours worked and pay by request at the end of the season.