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Varsity’s roguers / detasselers are hand-picked and experienced usually coming back year after year. We do hire first-year people, especially if they come recommended by a Varsity worker or supervisor. We’re looking for good people: trustworthy, reliable, and good to work with.
How you are paid
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 and Monsanto Seed Corn fields: When Varsity Detasseling crews work on fields managed by those companies, our employees get paid from them for work on those fields. Weekly in-season checks come from Pioneer and/or Monsanto and are 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 and/or Monsanto. (It's still Varsity's system/records for paying its workers -- it's just the check(s) that come from Pioneer and/or Monsanto.)
Lincoln crew members must be at least 13 at the time they work. Seward and Grand Island crew members that are at least 12 may apply for consideration. (The difference in minimum age between the crews is due to seed corn company rules for the different fields these crews will work on.)
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.
I've heard of detasseling. What is roguing?
Just like their name suggests, rogue corn plants are unwanted. If the rogue corn is allowed to mature, it will contaminate (pollinate) the good corn. Roguers are told how to spot the bad corn and eliminate it. 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. (The detasseling season usually doesn't kick in until July.)
Why rogue and detassel 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.