Others in the industry took steps to ensure their fall seasons weren't a total loss.
Greg Hochstedler, who owns the 160-acre Boondocks Farms about 30 miles east of Indianapolis, canceled his corn maze this year because the June planting time coincided with sweltering 100-degree days and the worst drought in decades.
"It was too dry, too dusty. It would have been a waste of seed," Hochstedler said.
Instead, he's focused on hosting fall weddings to make up some of the revenue usually generated by about 5,000 people who pay to get turned around in the corn labyrinth.
The farm has held about a dozen weddings this fall at its 4,000-square foot pavilion, which has walls that can be rolled up to reveal views of the surrounding countryside.
"That's why we call it Boondocks Farms — we're out in the boondocks," Hochstedler said.
Roney, the Indiana orchard owner, found a bright spot in his pumpkin patches, which were irrigated and emerged from the drought with a fine crop.
"We actually have one of the best pumpkin crops we've ever had as far size goes and quantity," Roney said. "I don't know why that is — maybe they just liked the heat."
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