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Pumpkin patches growing slower due to drought
Published: Sunday, September, 23, 2012 4:30 PM CDT
On: KTIV.com
We've heard about the drought's effect on corn and other crops.  Pumpkins have not escaped Mother Nature.
If you look over this pumpkin patch in Mission Hill, S.D, the first thing you might notice is the walkway.
Normally, that path is not there, but the vines aren't flowing like they normally do because of the drought.  As a result, many of their pumpkins aren't ready to be picked.
“As we progressed into the summer and things, the heat even affected our pumpkins. There was a period of times where they just kept growing," said Rena Hebda, owner of Hebda Family Produce.”
Many crops are smaller than they normally would be, but thanks to irrigation, there's one surprising sight.
“I think we have virtually the only green corn in the county because it was planted late and we have a well and we were able to irrigate the corn throughout the summer,” said Hebda.
The Hebdas hope to start carving that corn into a maze soon.
Apple prices, picking plans altered by drought
Published: Tuesday, September, 18, 2012 6:34 PM CDT
On: KTIV.com
Rena Hebda has worked on 55 acre South Dakota farm for seven years.  For the second straight year, her apple crop is below par.
“Crop has been one of the lowest in the years that we have been here,” said Hebda.
The summer drought was just part of the problem for Hebda.  An early spring meant premature blooming for several apple varieties.
“Apples while in bloom don't tolerate a 32 degree temperature,” said Hebda, owner of Hebda Family Produce.
Already this year, they've harvested one-third of their apple orchard, that's more than 1,000 trees.  Normally, at this part of the year, they're just getting started.
“We can only let people walk through the orchard because there's no apples to pick.  So, that's frustrating,” said Hebda.
And because of the lack of rain (many trees had to survive without irrigation, too), the apples they have will be smaller and a little bit more expensive.
Hebda’s Farm Celebrates The Fall Harvest
Published: Monday, October 10, 2011 1:12 AM CDT
In the: Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan
From area corn and bean fields to homeowner gardens, harvest is in full bloom — and nowhere is it more evident than at Hebda’s Farms in rural Yankton.
To celebrate the fruitful results of an up-and-down growing year, the Yankton Country orchard buisness Hebda’s Farm is inviting the public to come out and enjoy the season.
“We are terming it a fall festival and are having a hay maze, a corn maze and rides to the pumpkin patch on Saturdays and Sundays,” said Rena Hebda. “Kids can pick a pumpkin with and adults, if they don’t want a pumpkin, can get a quarter peck of whatever our feature apple is. We have been doing pumpkin painting, feeding the goats, we have had a scavenger hunt. Saturday Oct. 15, Blossom and Friends will be out doing face painting. So, we have a variety of things planned. It just makes for a nice weekend family afternoon to come out.”
In addition to the weekend tours, Hebda’s has been hosting school tours for students from as far as 80 miles away.
If Only the Growing Season Lasted Longer
Published: Friday, 6.3.11
In the: Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan
An Interview With Dale And Rena Hebda
Local Company Selected For Dakota Seeds Program 
Published: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 1:15 AM CDT
In the: Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan 
MISSION HILL — A local business is looking to expand its research, and this summer, it's getting a little help.  Hebda Family Produce of Mission Hill has been selected for the Dakota Seeds internship program, which awards grants to South Dakota employers to provide them with qualified employees and to provide students with solid job opportunities within the state.
Rena Hebda, co-owner and manager of Hebda Family Produce, said the company has particpated in the program before and is excited about the opportunities that the grants will once again provide.
“The Dakota Seeds program has allowed us to expand our product line, as well as do on-farm research and establish quality standards for our operation,” Hebda said. “These are areas of growth that, as a small business, we may otherwise not be able to do without the assistance of the interns.”
The business will employ two full-time interns during the summer: one in food science and one in horticulture.
Hebda said the new employees will serve multiple purposes and should learn a few things as well.