Rain causing problems at Knox County corn mazes

Rain causing problems at Knox County corn mazes

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"There was a lot of rain during the summer season which is really great for a lot of crops, but for corn it's not always the best," said dairy intern McCall Sarrett. "There was a lot of rain during the summer season which is really great for a lot of crops, but for corn it's not always the best," said dairy intern McCall Sarrett.
Over at Oakes Farm in Corryton, their corn survived all the rain. This is their 13th year having a corn maze. Over at Oakes Farm in Corryton, their corn survived all the rain. This is their 13th year having a corn maze.
"We had to plant a little bit later than usual just because the ground was so wet, so we went in ten days to two weeks later than usual," said Oakes Farm owner Ken Oakes. "We had to plant a little bit later than usual just because the ground was so wet, so we went in ten days to two weeks later than usual," said Oakes Farm owner Ken Oakes.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A very popular corn maze in East Tennessee has been canceled this year. Owners of the Cruze Dairy Farm corn maze in Knox County say all of the rain this year made their corn unusable.      

"There was a lot of rain during the summer season which is really great for a lot of crops, but for corn it's not always the best," said dairy intern McCall Sarrett. "Our farm is located in sort of next to a river, so it's a lower part of the area. A lot of the water kind of collected, so the corn didn't grow very tall or well this year."

Workers at Cruze Dairy Farm says they still would love for the public to come out to their farm this fall for ice cream and other dairy products.

"We have some great new fall flavors coming out like sweet potato and torched marshmellows," said Sarrett.

They said they hope to have the corn maze back next year.

Not everyone had such bad luck. Over at Oakes Farm in Corryton, their corn survived all the rain. This is their 13th year having a corn maze.

"We had to plant a little bit later than usual just because the ground was so wet, so we went in ten days to two weeks later than usual," said Oakes Farm owner Ken Oakes.

Even though all the rain caused a delay in planting the corn there was one positive thing there was no need for irrigation.

At Oakes Farm their corn is located on a hill, so they did not have to worry about water collecting around the corn like at Cruze Dairy Farm.

"It looks good," said Oakes. "There's a couple of wet spots where it's not tall as we like, but over-all it's good this year."    

Oakes says they plan to open their corn maze this Saturday.

There are several other corn mazes open for business this fall.     

Kyker Farms corn maze in Sevierville opens up September 28. Also starting up on that day are Mayfield Farm and Nursery in Athens and Guthrie Corn Maze in Riceville.     

Misty River in Walland will be opening late this year due to all the rain on October 15.

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