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Posted on Wed, Jul 11, 2007 14:56

Farming is a very tough occupation. Back when I was farming after paying all the expenses of the farm I only would have about 10,000 a year for home expense. I don't know that an actual farmer ever got a dime out of the all the farm aid. It all aided the people putting on the concerts and shows. Farmers are in a way like the bikers. If you see one in trouble all those around would help them out. That is even getting less and less with the big corporate farms.


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Posted on Wed, Jul 11, 2007 14:49

Farming is incredibly hard, beyond anything I can picture FTF. I wonder, all those Farm Aid concerts, do you know if they help, does the money really go to the farmers in need?? You know I saw my first farms and cornfield, real ones when I drove from Fl to Ohio about 5 years ago. I had never seen such vast fields. We have small acres here until you get into central Cali or the Coachella Valley, but still I don't think it compares to the farming country you are from. Plus it is different farming.


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Posted on Wed, Jul 11, 2007 14:46

Hi Treas, It means, removing the pollen producing/tassel part of the corn.

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Posted on Wed, Jul 11, 2007 14:43

Ok an explanation. Detassling - we raised seed corn, a special cross of corn seeds to create what the farmers would plant the next year. We would have 6 rows of the female corn and two rows of male corn. To stop the female corn from pollinating corn they would have the kids pull the tassel off the top of the corn. This weekend I will get out in the farm area and post some pictures of the fields to give you an idea on what it looks like. Kind of a Midwest thing. The hard part is the corn is sometimes 5 to 8 feet tall the tassel is only about the top foot of the corn. Figure a row of corn 1/2 mile long a corn stalk every 4 inches and having to walk through the leaves (very sharp) and pull every tassel out of them. Some times it would be mud or standing water they would have to walk through, at times 100 degrees, no wind down it the corn, the pollen that is there sticks to you like glue. Many of the kids would take a plastic trash bag cut a whole for there head and arms to stick out of just to keep from getting wet from the dew and pollen on the leaves.


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Posted on Wed, Jul 11, 2007 14:33

Uh, I live in So Cal, I dealt with tourists. So Jack in the Box and Disnelyland Hotel were the toughest. Besides my special ed job but that is different. What is detassling?????


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