Corn maze

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– Mazes may cover 2–9 acres (0.81–3.64 hectares).
– Larger mazes can have more design details.
– The largest temporary corn maze was 65.8 acres (266,000m).
– A maze in Alberta, Canada featured the largest scannable QR code on Earth.
– A US corn maze covers 110 acres with 15 miles of pathways.

– Designs may range from simple lines to intricate images visible from above.
– Some mazes tell stories or portray themes like movies or historical events.
– Specialty companies may create complex designs.
– Large mazes can be divided into sections of varying lengths and complexity.
– Designs can be cut when corn plants are short or grown using GPS mapping technology.

– Corn mazes are created to generate income for family farms.
– Some farms donate a portion of maze proceeds to charity.

– The first full-size corn maze was believed to be in Pennsylvania in 1993.
– A corn maze was also mentioned in California in 1989.

– Farmers must carefully plan production, design, and marketing techniques for corn mazes.
– Selecting the right corn variety is crucial, considering stalk strength and height.
– Stalk rot due to factors like improper fertilization must be monitored.
– Ideal plant population is around 20,000 plants per acre.
– Correct planting time and cutting techniques are essential for maze success.

Corn maze (Wikipedia)

A corn maze or maize maze is a maze cut out of a corn field. Corn mazes have become popular agritourism attractions in North America, and are a way for farms to generate tourist income. Corn mazes appear in many different designs. Most have a path which goes all around the whole pattern, either to end in the middle or to come back out again, with various false trails diverging from the main path. In the United Kingdom, they are known as maize mazes, and are especially popular with farms in the east of England.

A photograph above a corn field, which has been grown with etchings for people to wander in.
A corn maze in Germany
View from inside a corn maze, looking down a narrow dirt path in between tall stalks of corn.
A view from inside a corn maze near Christchurch, New Zealand

These mazes are normally combined with other farm attractions of interest to families and day trippers. Some of these attractions include hay rides, a petting zoo, play areas for children, and picnic areas. Each year a few of the mazes are featured in national newspapers and TV.

In the U.S., corn mazes typically are cut down circa the first week of November; in the UK typically in September after children return to school.[citation needed]

A bird's-eye-view of a rectangular plot of land with a corn maze on it. The center of the plot has a circular maze, while the rest has right-angled turns.
The largest corn maze in the world, according to Guinness World Records. Mazes can be designed artistically.
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