Rainfall Impacts Popular Corn Maze Attraction
DONNA – Seasonal rain is hitting some Rio Grande Valley farmer’s crops hard and affecting a 14-year-old family tradition.
Donna is home to one of about 20 corn mazes in the state of Texas. But this year, families who visit Donna’s Corn Maze are going to miss out on the actual corn due to the rain.
“This year we just couldn’t get it planted all due to timing,” explained farmer John Billman.
Billman said the rains hit just right so the ground was too soggy to tend to the corn when he needed to.
"You plant too early, it's going to take a tremendous amount of water,” he explained. “You plant too late you run the risk of what's going on right now, where you got a little cool front and the ground temperatures are going to drop."
Billman tried improvising with a backup plan, a sunflower maze cut from wildflowers that popped up on his property over the summer, but the rain also stopped that from working.
“We were telling people since we didn’t have the corn planted this year, it was half price,” Billman said.
He said it impacts his family-run business.
“You’re always wanting the bottom line to be better but at the same time, these are things that happen. We have to diversify and deal with what we have. That’s part of farming,” he said.
This year, Billman has an almost one-mile long haunted trail guests can enjoy – if they’re brave enough.
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