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Nebraska’s governor tries his hand at seed corn detasseling

Detasselers work in a field near Seward, Nebaska.

A seed corn detasseling crew near Seward, Nebraska had a little extra help on Thursday.

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts and state ag director Steve Wellman joined the crew on one of their rounds through the half-mile long field.

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts

Ricketts says he enjoyed interacting with the detasselers.

“It’s great to learn about something that’s been a part of history and legacy for our state—and a great opportunity for young people to earn extra money, as well as school teachers and bus drivers. And, of course, it’s important for our seed corn industry,” Ricketts says.

Wellman says the seed corn industry is an important of part of Nebraska agriculture.

“It adds value to the corn acres and makes an opportunity for farmers here to have some diversification in their cropping rotation,” Wellman says. “And then, from my aspect as a corn producer, we need the pure product, we need that seed, and we need the wonderful hybrids and genetics that are developed by the companies.”

It’s estimated that more than 7,000 Nebraskans work as detasselers each summer.

AUDIO: Pete Ricketts
AUDIO: Steve Wellman

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