Some fall crops survived drought
Emergency measures taken in summer paid off for some
LODI, Wis. — While some farmers suffered from the summer drought, others say their pumpkin and corn maze crops are looking good.
However, the presumed fall success it didn’t come without a price.
Thanks to the weekend frost, the vines and leaves in the Treinen Farms’ pumpkin patch wilted. Angie and Alan Treinen brought a couple of workers out Sunday to get their first looks at the pumpkins.
Under a weed-ridden field, there was plenty of orange to spot and plenty of sizable pumpkins to load into the wagon.
“Been very fortunate that in dry years I’ve gotten a very decent crop whereas others don’t,” said Alan Treinen.16711828
“I think we would have lost the pumpkins or most of them if we hadn’t started irrigating,” Angie Treinen explained.
The Treinens spent $10,000 on used irrigation equipment, pumping water from a pond on the property to the 14 acres of pumpkin fields.
“It hurts, but it’s part of farming,” Alan said.
Not everything was safe from the drought. The pond used for irrigation is at the lowest level the Treinens have ever seen in their 23 years of farming their family fields.
Across the property is their intricately planned corn maze. Thanks to late planting, the stalks look promising.
“In the worst of the drought, it was waist-high and it just kind of hung out there. When it got the rain, it just shot up,” Alan explained.
Angie said they’re planning on a successful harvest of that corn in November.
“As soon as it got over my head, I’m like, okay we’re good,” she joked.
The Treinens also credit the clay loam soil in their fields for the success this season. They expect around 10,000 people to come through this season, and say even though the first frost came a little early, their crop will last through the fall.