Detasseling: A Lesson in Persistence and Gratitude

Sep 7, 2017

Many Iowans are familiar with detasseling, the process of pulling the tops off corn plants to achieve cross pollination. For Jamie Christie Christensen and her daughter, Jenna Simpson Davidson, detasseling was an annual lesson in persistence and gratitude.

Jamie and Jenna stopped by the StoryCorps booth in Des Moines to talk about the connection they see between those summers in the fields and their time in the classroom.

Story Corps is a national initiative to record and collect stories of everyday people. Excerpts were selected and produced by Anna Williams and Emily Woodbury.