I had never heard of detasseling before I moved here, but it’s a big thing in the cornhusker state. It involves removing the top tassels of a corn stalk to control the pollination. They leave one row of tassels on for every five rows of corn or so. At first a machine goes over the field to pull the majority, but then companies hire kids as young as 12 to detassel everything the machine missed. It’s brutally hot, the corn leaves can cut you, and you get soaked from the dew on the plants. I’m not sure if I’d be up for it when I was 12.
The kids wear orange hats to make them more visible. Apparently theres a risk of getting crop dusted with pesticides by planes if they aren’t visible enough.