CHILTON, Wis. (WFRV) - With corn crops around the state wilting making your living off a corn maze was something of a gamble this year.
But now that risk is paying off for a farmer in Chilton.
"I wanted to stay in agriculture of course but I wanted to teach the people around me about agriculture, where their food comes from" explains David Meuer, owner of The Meuer Farm.
The fourth generation farmer took a risk 2 years ago.
Selling his dairy cows for a corn maze dream.
But this has been a strange weather year for Meuer and other farmers.
His strawberries were three weeks early.
A warm winter dropped maple syrup production by 40 percent.
Now Meuer is dealing with a bumper crop of cucumber beetles which are eating his pumpkins.
Thankfully David's corn looks good. It is the lifeblood of his growing tourist attraction.
"We have got our hay rides of course our corn cannons down there. Water balloons, you'll see farm animals normally on a farm. Cows, chickens pigs things like that" says Meuer with pride.
The large corn maze is 10 acres. It is divided into two sections to make it easier to navigate.
If all else fails, ask for directions.
"We have corn cops that patrol in the maze. They have on orange vests and are in there to help people who get lost, have questions" Meuer explains.
Take advice from one veteran corn cop Theresa Bock: "stay on the outside the outside is normally the correct path to making your way through".
Even after all the feet have trampled the hand cut paths of the maze, Meuer will still be able to combine and profit from the kernels.
Prices are strong this year for corn.
The Meuer Farm activities officially open this Saturday.
There are dozens of special events planned including a helicopter ride over the maze. Get directions, dates and more information here.