Bickett Donner Helms Detasseling

Recommendations for things you need to bring for work.

We have several recommendations about items to wear or bring to the field.  

Eat a Good Breakfast in the morning!!  It is very important to eat before work, you will feel much better.

Wyffels recommends workers to wear
    High-top shoes, because they offer more support than shoes that do not cover the ankle.  The majority of our injuries occur because of uneven surfaces, so we are strongly recommending that workers wear them.

    Closed ToeShoes.  Sandels are not allowed!
    We work in weather than can be hot or cold; wet or dry.  Being prepared with a jacket and raincoat just makes sense. 
    A PONCHO is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED since the corn is so wet early in the morning.

    WE WILL WORK IN THE RAIN.  We will work in the rain, but of course we will take shelter is conditions worsen (lightning and / or Thunder). 
    If you wake up and it is raining (even lightning and thundering), you still need to come to the bus.  We will drive to the fields and either work in the rain, or wait out the severe weather before we take the field.  While we sit on the bus waiting for the storm to pass, workers will be paid.

    Bandana - We will be in some tall corn and this will help against corn rash on the neck. 

    A wide brimmed hat and sunscreen lotion (SPF 15 or higher) will help with sun exposure.

    Insect repellent (containing DEET) is a good idea to use.  Be certain to follow label instructions, however.

    Plan on wearing layered clothing (due to hot and cool temperatures throughout the day).  This includes long sleeved shirt and full length pants.

    We provide cloth gloves, but some might find it better to wear leather or cut-resistant gloves.

    Moist towelettes are recommended for cleansing purposes.  Additionally, plan to take a bath or shower at the end of the day to rinse off pollen and dust.  

    Take especially good care of your feet, since you’ll be on them throughout the day.

    You will get hungry (and thirsty, especially) in the field, so bring along lunch, snacks, and a supply of personal drinking water.  It is best to bring 
    non-sugar, non-carbonated drinking fluids.  You should drink plenty of water while working in the fields, because of the hot and humid conditions.  
    We will have extra water at the fields, but it is wise for you to bring a container of water to start off your day!