LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) — When you’re trying to find your way out of At’l Do Farms corn corn this season, you might be surprised that it’s not corn at all.
“We chose not to plant corn for the maze the first year,” said At’l Do Farms manager Savannah Lewis. “We decided to plant a multi-species cover crop because it requires less water. Corn is actually very water intensive as a crop.
The multi-species cover crop is exactly what it sounds like, a variety of crops. It is mainly Sudan sorghum, but there is also pearl millet, German millet, okra and radishes. This crop will actually help the soil.
“While corn has always been part of the brand, I think it’s really time to step up and farm in a more sustainable way for our region,” said Eric Simpson of At’l Do. Farms.
Even with this harvest, Lewis was anxious because in August it was very short.
“With this rain we’ve had recently, it’s just skyrocketed, and now it’s taller than corn has ever been,” Lewis said.
Lewis says not to worry, you can still enjoy the corn as you work your way through the maze.
“The type of corn that we grew in the corn maze is not for human consumption, it’s more for livestock,” Lewis said. “So the corn that we get will always be there, the grilled corn, the hot corn, everything is always going.”
Also, the sunflowers are coming back this year, but if you want to enjoy them, you might want to stop in the next two weeks.
“They all decided to flower early. So the fields are beautiful, there are sunflowers as far as the eye can see, but that means if people want to go out and take their pictures or make a bouquet, they have to do it in September,” Lewis said.
Simpson says those who pick up the pumpkins will be delighted this year. He says you can find more variety in the pumpkin patch, with white, pink, and of course the big orange pumpkins.
“We probably have, I’d say about 12 acres on the back of these pumpkin patch,” Simpson said.
Simpson says this year’s design is Prairie Dog Pete, to remember Lubbock’s history.
Horseback rides will cost $5 every day the farm is open. It is open Tuesday to Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.
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