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Pumpkin patches growing slower due to
Published: Sunday, September, 23, 2012 4:30 PM CDT
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
Apple prices, picking plans altered by
Published: Tuesday, September, 18, 2012 6:34 PM CDT
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
“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
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
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
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
An Interview With Dale And Rena Hebda
Local Company Selected For Dakota Seeds
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
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.