Aphids are among the most destructive insect pests on cultivated plants in temperate regions. In addition to weakening the plant by sucking sap, they act as vectors for plant viruses and disfigure ornamental plants with deposits of honeydew and the subsequent growth of sooty moulds. Because of their ability to rapidly increase in numbers by asexual reproduction, they are a highly successful group of organisms from an ecological standpoint.
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CHICKASHA, Okla. – It was supposed to be a celebration for Reding Farm’s 10th fall corn maze. But that celebration is now a disaster.
“It’s very hard to talk about,” said Nancy Reding. “Letting people know is the hardest part.”
Reding and her husband’s 38-acre corn maize was destroyed by bugs.
“He said, ‘oh, my goodness. It was just covered in aphids,’” said Reding.
Aphids, small white insects, covered each plant like glitter.
“There’s thousands just on one leaf,” said Reding. “So, you can imagine a 38-acre maze how many there is out there.”
The maze is the couple’s largest source of annual revenue. Now, they are out more than $10,000. No customers, no maze, and no hayrides.
“Tears. Just my husband’s voice kind of, when he came in to tell me, it was just so devastating to me just to hear how he felt,” said Reding.
The aphids are usually followed by ladybugs, which eat the aphids. But this season, the ladybugs came too late.
“We’re used to mother nature kind of playing on our soul,” said Reding. “So, we just have to move on and say, ‘one day it may be a blessing.’”
Reding says she isn’t sure if they will have the maze next year.
“The Story of Reding Farm”
To commemorate our 10th year we would like to give you some idea of how the farm was used before we decided to offer this awesome venue for your enjoyment.
Here is the story of Reding Farms!
1936 was the day Reding Farms was purchased by George Henry Reding and Andrew Reding, father and son. Upon George Reding’s death, Andrew acquired his father’s part of the farm. Andrew worked very hard to provide for his family, his wife Mary, sons: Martin and Jerry, daughters: Carlene and Frances. Andrew raised cattle, pigs, chickens, rabbits and sheep, he grew barley, oats and milo but mostly wheat and alfalfa. Farming was such a passion for Andrew. He loved to farm and he was very successful at it. Andrew won many awards for his Alfalfa hay. It was also a great honor to win “Farm Family of the year” on WKY TV in 1971. The Reding family were prominent members of the Grady County 4H program. They participated in many activities during each year of the Grady County Fair and Oklahoma City State Fair, bringing home many blue ribbons. Andrew also started the first Farm Bureau Insurance Agency in Grady County.
After Andrew retired, Martin and Jerry took over the running of Reding Farms in 1975. In 1985 Martin and Jerry wanted to pursue other interests, so the farm was rented out for corn, alfalfa, wheat and soy beans. When Andrew died the farm was divided amongst the four children. Jerry and his wife Nancy, decided to use his part of the land for the development of an Agritourism business. So in 2008 “The Maize” was created. For 10 years it has brought great joy for so many people around the area. We appreciate all who have come to enjoy this wonderful, peaceful land in which we are so very proud of.
Come enjoy all of our fun activities at Reding Farm from Sept.- Nov.
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Fall activities are abundant in Chickasaw Country
One must-do item on your Chickasaw Country bucket list should be the Reding Farm Maize. Don't miss out on the Harvest of Fear Haunted Hayride, pumpkin patch and more!
OUR NEW DOG, YORK, LOVES PEOPLE!
Now offering a full concession stand (during our Maize Season)
on Fridays and Saturdays and a partial concession stand on Sundays! Click here to see our menu.
Group Reservations for the maizes are available online, which includes a discounted price. This includes any group, including a school or daycare center. Must have 15 or more people in your group (no exceptions). Any children 2 or under must be accompanied by an adult on all rides. .Children 2 and under are free and therefore are not considered part of the group when determining the size of your group.