I'm not exactly sure where you are getting your information but there is no such thing as tassleless corn. Sterile female, sure but not tasseless.
I pollinated last summer and I actually enjoyed it. Sounds crazy but there was good looking girls, nice people, got to work with my friends, and the pay was good for the short time we worked.
The good times.
I crew detasseled for $3.35/hour. And we LOVED the money (but hated the work for all the reasons previous)! On Sundays we got double-time. At the end of the summer we all bought mo-peds. Pretty big deal for 14-year old kids. Thinking back, I can't believe the company management could sleep in good conscience knowing they'd ripped off kids so much.
I'd heard great stories about the hot babes who detasseled. My crew was all DUDES.
We detasseled in one muddy field even though it hadn't rained for days. We were mystified until someone pointed out the hog confinement facility at the top of the hill.
Had a few strangers on the crew from Ohio. They found a large marijuana patch and were never seen again.
A few years later, one of the guys from the crew was killed in a double-murder-drug-deal-gone bad. Obviously, that was a big deal for small-town Iowa.
Ah yes, the good times. Hope you get some acres.
Detasseling is where you cross two kinds of purebred corn in a single field by removing the male part (tassel) of one variety and letting the other one pollenate it (that one is then mowed down before harvest of the hybred ears).
pollenating is just super accurate detasseling cross where you actually put bags over the tassel (male) and ear silk (female) and the once the pollen drops into the bag you move the appropriate bag down to the ear silk you want it to pollenate. this is usaually done on smaller plots (thankfully as its a lot of busy work).
that's Corn Sex 101 for you.
the big fields that you detassel are crossing two specific varietys with traits you want but you dont necessarily care which male & female get it on as long as they all of the specific type you want ... so like a swingers party where you only allow blond females and dudes above 6'. you want blond tall babies - but in this scenerio they don't have to do themselves because you've forced one to be the male and one to be the female (the detasseling part) and you want the hybred kernals. they will be planted next year in the production feilds (the normal corn most farmers plant).
Once its in the production fields its a hybred, and while farmers like their type of hybred to pollenate its particular ears (tall blond & tall blond) they don't necessarily care if the neighbors tall redheads pollenate a few - because in the end its all tall, regardless if there are a few strawberryblondes, its just gonna get fed to cows anyway.
whew ... that felt dirty, but I swear its not. its just corn.
It would have been hilarious to have my Agronomy professor back in college explain it this way. I like the thought you put into the post. :smile: