Saturday morning is the perfect time to checkout a corn maze or “maize maze” as they call it in Britain. Get up bright and early at the rooster’s crow and use this pumpkin patches site to find the nearest one http://www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org/OHpumpkins.php.
If you’re in the Dayton area you have a unique opportunity to visit Ohio’s largest corn maze. The Adventure Acres corn maze in Bellbrook, OH boasts 62 acres and 11.5 miles of trails! With a maze that size you may need provisions so you don’t become a victim of the Hunger Games. Although unfortunately it’s closed down this year, it will be back in business in 2014.
I also hadn’t realized how much planning goes into the production of a corn maze. As taken from Wikipedia
In order for farmers to create a corn maze they must carefully plan their production, design, and marketing techniques in advance.
- Planting the correct variety of corn is important for the success of a corn maze. Stalk strength and height are something farmers must consider when selecting the right hybrid to plant.
- Farmers must watch for stalk rot since it is one of the most frequently observed diseases. Key factors for stalk rot include improper fertilization, moisture stress, and disease development.
- Moderate plant population (approximately 20,000 plants per acre) would be considered ideal. If moderate plant population is not followed crop crowding can occur.
- Since farmers planting for corn mazes are not growing the crop for maximum yield one must be careful to not apply too much nitrogen fertilizer. Rutgers Cooperative Research and Extension recommends the total nitrogen rate for the season should not exceed about 125 pounds per acre (56.7kg in 4,046.85 meters squared). 
- Corn maze crops should be planted from mid to late May. This is two to three weeks later than crops being planted for grain.
- When cutting the walkways farmers must cut the internal growing point of the stalk off to avoid regrowth. Some farmers use herbicides, roto-tillers, or mowers to cut the walkways.
So get out their and enjoy the fruits of their meticulous planning.