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LENOIR CITY (WATE) - This is the prime growing season for many crops farmers grow and when the weather doesn't cooperate, there's an impact on the bottom line.
Some East Tennessee farmers focus on getting big harvests from their fields. For others like V.W. Linginfelter at Deep Well Farm, fall fun is their business.
"We have the corn maze. That's one of the big attractions. We have a pumpkin patch. We put the kids on the wagon and we actually go in the pumpkin fields," Linginfelter said.
Deep Well Farm had a corn maze last year and the height of the corn was just right. By the looks of the corn this year though, it might come up short.
"Due to the dry conditions, the size of the stalks are different. Some are smaller, and others are the right size. The goal is six feet or taller," said Linginfelter.
He says they need rain desperately and without it, the season for the maze and for the pumpkins may be lost.
"We always worry. If you're a farmer, you always worry when it comes to the weather. It's always a gamble," Linginfelter said.
He planted his corn late this year, which he says has been a blessing. "We didn't get it out real early, and it's standing the weather a little better. The rain last night, it was a small amount of rain, but it helped," he said.
The farm remains hopeful that if they get a few more rains, the maze will make it this year and they'll have a profitable season with a full grown main attraction.
Deep Well Farm plans on opening its corn maze and pumpkin patch on September 21.