Rob Stouffer has been spending a lot of time in cornfields this year.
Stouffer, the owner and founder of Missouri-based Precision Mazes, was at Prairie Gardens earlier this summer getting the ground ready for some future outdoor fun for area residents.
The maze expert brought some unique technology to plant the beginnings of some living labyrinths at the local family adventure farm. Precision Mazes uses GPS to build and cut intricate designs in cornfields across North America.
“We work with the farmer, with the client. They let us know what kind of design they want,” Stouffer said. “And then I put my talented staff of designers to work.”
With design complete, the company then travels to the farm site, using GPS to navigate and mark precise paths through the fields.

“And then the corn grows and the maze appears over time," Stouffer explained.
Stouffer has brought mazes to life in more than 30 U.S. states and Canada, working with corn of all different heights.
This year the fields at Prairie Gardens will once again feature a MIX 107 logo for visitors to find their way out of.
“We do a lot of business and corporate logos and brands,” Stouffer said. “It's great to show off the partnership between the farm and other business operations.”
Prairie Gardens is offering guests six mazes total to try out in 2018. The Minotaur Kids maze and Mindbender maze open August 1 and the four-in-one Mega Maze has its grand opening on September 20.
CORNMAZEPHOTO2Last year's MIX 107 corn maze.

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