Hot and dry summer takes toll on corn mazes and pumpkin patches

Posted at 5:12 PM, Sep 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-23 09:47:36-04

ROBERTSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WTVF) — The first day of Fall is tomorrow which means it's time for pumpkin patches and corn mazes to start opening up across Middle Tennessee. However, things may look a little bit different this year. A hot and dry summer has taken a toll on the agritourism industry.

"For the most part we have 6-7 foot corn usually we have 8-9 foot tall corn," Craig Pulley said, "We plant later than most farms do because the corn maze comes in in September and October."

Fortunately, Pulley said Fiddle Dee Farms in Robertson County will still have a good looking corn maze.

"We got lucky in that when we first planted, we had plenty of rain but then this dry spell hit and it was very very noticeable. A lot of the corn started tasseling which means it's done growing," Pulley said.

In addition to the corn, Pulley said his local vendors are short pumpkins this year.

"Most of them are telling me that they've never really experienced a year quite like this. Even though we've had dry-spells before, typically they still produce pumpkins," Pulley said, "Certainly the lack of moisture because everything out here is trying to get something to drink, and sometimes the corn doesn't win."

Next weekend, Shuckles Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch will be open at Fiddle Dee Farm.

They're hoping some Fall weather will arrive soon. The corn maze at "Fiddle Dee Farms" will be open through November 2nd.