Fall is right around the corner, and for many, this is their favorite time of year. After all, the weather is crisp and cool, the leaves are turning brilliant colors to enjoy, and everyone is settling into back to school mode and preparing for the cold winter ahead. Fall is the season of harvest and of celebration of all the hard work the summer months have yielded. It’s full of traditions, such as harvest festivals, and a favorite holiday of many, Halloween. Many people love to visit the pumpkin patch, pick out pumpkins, Indian corn, and gourds, go for a hayride, and take on the challenge of a corn maze.
Wagner Equipment Co loves fall as well. We offer heavy equipment rentals for your busy harvest seasons, from harvesters and hay equipment to midrange tractors, mowers, skid steers, loaders, and so much more. For almost 100 years, Caterpillar has been the name you can trust in heavy equipment rentals, and Wagner Equipment Co is proud to be an authorized dealer, with locations in Colorado, New Mexico, and far west Texas. Below, we’ll go over some tips on how to make a corn maze for your backyard farm. Call us today!
HOW TO MAKE A CORN MAZE
Of course, to create a corn maze, you need corn. After you use a tillage tractor to prepare the land and then use a planter to plant the seeds, you grow your corn. Many farmers grow two crops of corn in the years they plan a corn maze. Usually sweet corn is grown first and then sown, and then in July, a crop of silage is planted after tilling the land again that is then left for the corn maze.
If you are planting corn for a corn maze, many farmers will use a tractor-pulled planter and plant the seeds 1 ¼ inches deep. They will also use the method of cross planting, which means the corn is planted at right angles to each other north and south and east and west. This leads to a much thicker stand of corn than you get when planting for a normal harvest. After all, you don’t want your visitors to be able to see through to the other paths. This fast-growing corn, when watered, grows to around 3 to 6 inches and then is cut and designed.
If you think that was a lot of work, just wait. As you can imagine, purposely cutting in a maze in corn takes a lot of work. But how do you create those cool patterns that make the maze totally cool?
You may be surprised to learn that most big corn mazes are designed and laid out on a computer first. In fact, many farmers hire professional companies who come in with a computer-aided design and cut the corn for them. However, many farmers still prefer the old DIY methods, creating cool patterns from scratch on paper and then lay it out on a grid pattern to cut.
Some farmers use a modified weed whacker that can take a while. Many farmers use GPS-guided tractors and harvesters so that they can cut the corn in the pattern they want. You can still use a computer to help you with the design, but know that it is a big job, so recruit your friends to help. Once the corn is mowed, the paths are tilled to prevent the corn from growing. Then the remaining corn continues to grow, creating the beautiful patterns you love. Be careful not to get lost yourself!
Afterwards, the corn can still be harvested. The ears are usually picked and turned into feed for livestock, such as cows and goats, and then the stalks are tilled into the soil to provide nourishment and plenty of minerals your soil needs for the next year.
CHOOSE WAGNER EQUIPMENT CO FOR YOUR CORN MAZE NEEDS
Wagner Equipment Co loves to help farmers create corn mazes with our heavy equipment rentals. We offer tillage equipment, as well as as weed whackers for rent through our Wagner Rental Company. You can rent the GPS equipment as well through our sister company SITECH Rocky Mountain. Creating corn mazes for others to enjoy makes all the hard work worth it in the end. It is truly delightful to bring joy to others.
Wagner Equipment Co has been helping small businesses with heavy equipment rental and sales since 1976. Our numerous dealers in Colorado, New Mexico, and west Texas love supplying you with the heavy equipment you need for your projects, whether you are grading a road or you’re planning a corn maze. Our expert staff can advise you and answer all of your questions. We ensure that you understand your heavy equipment and how to operate it. We offer our Cat Parts Store when you need a replacement Caterpillar part for your heavy equipment, or you can exchange your parts as well through our Wagner Parts Exchange, which is convenient and timely.
When you’re working on a small farm, sometimes you don’t need heavy equipment; you just need hand tools. Through our Cat Rental Store and Wagner Used Equipment, you can rent everything from hand saws to jackhammers and hand tools. Our mission is to be your go-to for any job or project you undertake, no matter if it’s big or small. Our values are teamwork, excellence, accountability, safety, integrity, and communication. We treat all of our customers how we want to be treated, and we value feedback. Contact us for all your heavy equipment needs today!