Detasseling In The Summer Of 2017

Remember that everything that you will need to know about when we start and the bus pick up points and times will eventually be posted right here. For now just check this site every couple of days. We do not have a projected or approximate start date yet so a wild guess based on other years would be around the 10th of July – but that is just a guess at this time. Next week we will have a better estimate………

Find your name. If you have an incomplete application please send us what we need to get you entered into the payroll program. It is fun to get paid for the work that you do so make sure we have all the information that we need from you!!!!!!!

It is time to get those applications in to SMAK if you are planning on having a good paying, short term and fun job for a couple of weeks this summer. The corn is planted and growing so it won’t be long and we will be walking down the rows looking for those hiding tassels.We have received the following applications so far and these people will be working for SMAK this summer:

From LeMars/Merrill: Michael L,  Luke B,  Brett V,  Aaron H,  Hannah A,  Jason S,  Jada T,  Jackson S , Alex H, Whitney S,  Justus S,  Luke H, Reese B, Jacob H, Joseph V,  Jack M, Kennedi M, Anthony V,  Luke H,


From Sioux City/ Sergeant Bluff: Aaron W,  Cali C (need I-9 and ID), Mustariya K,  Rod U,  Kyle S,         John W, Brennan T,  Nick W,  Nathan G,  Gaven H,  Monica O,  Paolo RH,  Kerwin H,  Gregorio B, Hamza D (need ID, I-9), Jovanne D, Christina L, David B, Tanner H, Ivan R,  Erica G (needs ID), Kenidy H, Joshua K, Francisi C, Kyler G, Miranda M, LaAnna J, Samantha H, Carlos M, Kaley H, Katalina S, Nolan O,

From South Sioux City/Dakota City:  Ronnie M,  Eduardo A, David B, Max P, Hector G(needs I-9, ID, Permission to treat), Nahod M, Alana G, Viriana K, Jose V, Miguel A, Alexander A, Mubarok A, (needs I-9, ID, Permission To Treat), Adrian N (Needs  I-9,  ID. Permission to treat), Ricardo C., Nyabucy D(needs ID), Charlotte B, Allan T(Needs ID)

From Cushing, C’ville: Terra H, Damien F, Jacob H, Sawyer C, Cotton C,

From Hinton: Tirzah R, Tayler W, Cameron G,

From Other towns: Alex OH,  Gary W ( needs permission to treat and I-9 pages and ID), Hannah L,  Jamie P, Darcy E , Brennon E, Jordan B, Cali S, Dylan C, Natalie S, Reed R, Jordan G, Emma M,

Thanks to all of you for getting your paperwork to us!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sign up is coming along and we will soon begin planning bus routes based on where we need to pick up our workers so if you plan on applying it would be helpful to us if you did it as soon as you can. Thanks!!!!





Getting Ready For The 2017 Season


There are a few supplies that you could round up that will assist you in having a safe and successful work experience in July with SMAK. The first is an old but reliable pair of great fitting tennis shoes. These have proven year after year to be the best kind of shoe that ties up and stays on your feet even in muddy conditions, They are lightweight and cause the least stress on your leg muscles too. Other shoes that tie on will work but used tennis shoes are the best. Flip flops and sandals absolutely will not work in a cornfield and you must have shoes on to step in a cornfield. Your old tennies will probably be shot at the end of the season but the good news is that you will have earned enough money to get a brand new pair!!!!!

The next supply would be some type of rain gear. Plastic garbage bags turned upside down with head and arm holes poked in them work great and many of our workers use them. You just have to have them with you in order to be able to use them. Rain coats and pants also work if the are thicker to resist tearing when rubbing against corn stalks.

A lightweight hooded sweatshirt will be used more than you think while detasseling. Mornings at 6:30 can be cool some days and it is helpful to have that extra layer that can be taken off when it warms up.

A small personal food cooler will keep your lunch safe and ready to eat when we stop for a mid morning break. A water cooler will keep your water safe too.

Bring water for yourself. If you intend on carrying personal water in the field make sure that the container can be attached to you without having to carry it in your hands as you work. You must have two hands available to detassel properly. We do want you to have your water cooler in your row when you start so that it is right there when you finish your row.

Even though it looks hot it is best to keep the majority of your skin covered while detasseling. In reality it causes you to sweat and actually keeps you cooler.. Caps, pants and long sleeved shirts accomplish this. You will avoid sun burn and corn rash too!!!

We do have a few of these supplies on hand in the field for emergency use if something happens to yours but of course it is best to be prepared yourself.



How to send your application

It should only cost you one postage stamp to send a completed application to SMAK!

Here is how you do it:

  1. Send the application page
  2. Send the bottom half of the W-4  (1/2ONE PAGE ONLY)
  3. Send one page of the I-9  (Only the page you write on)
  4. Send the permission to treat page
  5. send a half page with two forms of ID photocopied on it.
  6. Place a stamp on the envelope. Do not buy special envelopes.
  7. Bravo!!!! You are done.