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Pollination is the transfer of pollen from the male part of the corn plant (tassel) to the female part (silk).

There are two types:

  • Cross-Pollination - occurs when pollen from one corn plant transfers to the silk of another corn plant.
  • Self-Pollination - occurs when pollen from one corn plant transfers to the silk of the same corn plant.

Our pollinators work to ensure that the right corn is crossed at just the right time. Be prepared for a tough work environment that may be hot, humid and muddy.


Pollinating usually starts in mid-July and lasts from 10 days to three weeks, consecutively. The work day starts in the field at approximately 7:30 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. But, the schedule ultimately depends on the weather and peak periods of development.

During pollinating season, work is performed seven days a week—rain or shine—which means you may be working Saturday and/or Sunday.


Safety is DuPont Pioneer’s number one priority. Failure to adhere to all safety policies and procedures could lead to disciplinary action, including termination of employment.

Pioneer will provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as eye protection and gloves, which are required for safety reasons.


The minimum age for pollinators varies by state:

  • California - 12, 16 preferred
  • Colorado - 12, 14 preferred
  • Georgia - 16
  • Illinois - 12
  • Indiana - 12
  • Iowa - 14
  • Michigan - 13
  • Missouri - 14
  • Pennsylvania - 14
  • Puerto Rico - 14
  • South Dakota - 12, 14 preferred
  • Tennessee - 14
  • Washington - 14
  • Wisconsin - 12

DuPont Pioneer is an Equal Opportunity Employer (English/Spanish) and participates in E-Verify (English/Spanish).



How to Apply

Complete an application available in both English (PDF 110 KB) and Spanish (PDF 149 KB) and mail it to the location in which you have an interest