June 11, 2019
SEASON START DATE: Due to the cooler weather and historic amounts of rainfall, planting for the 2019 detasseling season has been heavily delayed. We are looking at a later than normal start date, possibly somewhere between July 11th and July 15th. It would be unlikely at the very beginning that we would be given enough acres to have all buses working, so it is possible that some buses might have their first day occurring even after July 15th. The seed companies have informed us that we can certainly expect the acres that need to be detasseled to run through the beginning of August, possibly even right up to the start of the school year!
CREW UPDATES: When you attended a spring application meeting, you were handed a “next steps” informational sheet after completing your paperwork. As outlined on that “next steps” sheet, individuals that were not initially placed on one of our crews would have received a notification letter, via mail, indicating your status around June 7th. If you received a letter, you are on our “non-prioritized” crew list. With this status, depending how the season goes, there is still a possibility you will be called to work. If you did not receive a letter from us within the past 2 weeks, then you are to assume you have been placed on a crew. Those that did not receive a letter, barring any further mother nature impact, we are planning to give you a direct phone call when the season is set to begin.
PIONEER PAY PERIODS:
MONSANTO (TA DET, INC) PAY PERIODS:
All hours worked in Monsanto fields will be paid by TA DET, INC. These checks must be cashed within 60 days or they are void!
If you are certain that you worked a day, but do not see any hours or payment on your Pioneer checks, then that means you worked in a Monsanto (TA DET, INC) field on that day. As a general rule of thumb, buses 1 – 5 work predominantly in Monsanto fields and buses 6 – 10 work predominantly in Pioneer fields. However, depending on the day, there could be some cross over between fields.
DETASSELING BUS RETURN TIMES:
We use text notification during the season for approximate return times of buses. To opt in for this free service, (less your cell carrier plan for receiving texts) check back right here as we near the end of the month of June.
– You will then be prompted to reply with your full name.
– You will then be prompted to reply if you are a parent or student.
NOBODY CAN REPORT FOR WORK UNTIL THEY HAVE BEEN PERSONALLY CONTACTED BY AILES DETASSELING.
DO NOT BRING YOUR ELECTRONIC DEVICES TO THE FIELD. BRING AT YOUR OWN RISK!!! WE DO OUR BEST TO VIGILATLY MONITOR OUR CREWS, BUT THE REALITY IS THAT WE CAN’T SEE AND HEAR ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING. AILES DETASSELING IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR WORKER’S PERSONAL ITEMS. We will not delay our buses leaving a field in order for a worker to go search for a lost electronic device. Our suggestion is to not bring cell phone out to the field or put them in a ziplock bag and carry them in a SECURE pocket on your person at all times.
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