Possible crop circles sighted—part three

StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//img-hmy1CzKIsA.jpg’, ‘Photo by Rod Myers’, ‘It’s a Bird? It’s a plane? What is it?:A photograph of possible crop circles was taken by Rod Myers in a field of oats near Byron on July 10 (photo right). ‘);
StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//img-XkDyOfux6c.jpg’, ”, ‘A black “unidentified anomaly” (photo above and below left) was seen in a photo of a confirmed crop circle taken in Minnesota in 1996, similar to the black “unidentified anomaly” shown hovering over possible crop circle near Byron.’);

This may be the final story on the possible crop circle site near Byron. But who knows, it could raise its head again.

As you recall, BLT Research Group Inc., hired me and an assistant to do preliminary work at the site. I’ve given myself a name—Agent Moldy. My intelligent grunt assistant’s name is Agent Scuzzy. Scuzzy collected samples from the oat fields. The oats were not collected from the “tainted” edges but from the middle areas. The samples were a few hundred entire, above-ground oat plants both from inside the crop circles and out. This was a tough task within the circles because the stalks were matted down in a strange weave. Furthermore, was Agent Scuzzy exposing himself to radioactivity? His compass was acting strangely. Was I any safer putting the oats in the van and driving them back to the garage for analysis?

Back at the garage, we examined the 20 samples, which equaled 200 oat plants. We were mainly looking for abnormalities in the first and second nodes of the plants. Nodes look like joints between sections of stalks, but they are an intersection where leaf meets stalk. Node elongation, node expulsion, and node-stem bending are the three main effects to look for in crop circles. The bending and elongation almost always occurs in the first node beneath the seed head. Node expulsion mainly occurs in the second node or below.

All three of these conditions usually occur together and are believed to be caused by an outside energy(ies) source(s). So far, we’ve found node-stem bending in a portion of samples taken from the actual circles. The nodes bent are the first beneath the seed head, and they are also brown, which may be the result of a fungus (Ustilago tritici), which quickly invades the node after node matter is expelled.

Our oats are bent at 45 degrees, but it’s not known when they were formed, so the bending could be the result of phototropism or gravitropism, but the plants are old and lack the tropism energy. Besides the bending, we have a photographic ace up our sleeve. During the first photo session, which occurred on July 14, we captured a black object in the sky over one of the oat fields. First, we thought it was a black bird, but it was too big in relation to where we thought it was from the camera. When I told Nancy Talbot about it, she immediately got excited and said, “That’s a Black Dot Anomaly. They’re seen at a lot of crop circle sites. We have lots of them photographed. Some appear to have tails, but not all anomalies are black. They seem to go in phases. For years, in the United States and Europe, BDAs occurred, but then the anomalies changed in shape to soccer ball-sized orange balls for a few years.”

Since this conversation, Ms. Talbot sent me a photo of a BDA in Minnesota (compare photos).

I’ve since sent photos of our BDA and the crop circles I discovered near Byron to Talbot. She was impressed with all the photos and will have the Byron BDA looked at by a photo expert. Her opinion on our crop circle site was positive.

“Though the circles looked random,” she said, “I have seen crop circles like this that were genuine. From examining the photos, I could see the edges on these circles were exactly like genuine random circles on slopes I’ve seen. Currently, we are grant funded and stretched too thin to get our closest scientific worker to the site. Thousands of plant samples would have to be meticulously measured to find minute elongations that would give us the proper data for clarification. But seeing your samples, though small in number, and viewing the photos, gives me an indication to believe the odds are good these are actual crop circles. Now, there could be other explanations; the oats may be too big for the plant, and a good downdraft or rain can push them down, but oat samples looked average in size. Another possibility is over-fertilization. But a large, successful farm like the one this one’s on means that it’s run by intelligent people who would rarely make a mistake like that and waste the money.”

With all the mystery and unusual happenings surrounding crop circles, Talbot bypasses the paranormal element and suggests that it’s just science we don’t yet understand. “Think what cavemen thought about fire,” she said. “They knew nothing about it, but it was mysterious and powerful to them. What did we think about electricity 100 years ago? That’s how many people feel about crop circles. It’s currently a pretty big unknown.”

Talbot is a little partial to the Gaia movement and the possibility that crop circles are an attempt by the Earth’s spirit to communicate with us. Maybe Earth knows exactly what it’s doing and is slowly taking us to school.

I’m very glad I took a serious interest in those blemished rolling oat fields near Byron. Keep checking the rural fields for signs when you’re out and about.

Rod Myers is a local resident with an interest in the environment and disability issues. He has an associate’s degree in science and a bachelor’s in fine arts. Rod is a member of the Audubon Society, the Wild Ones Natural Landscapers and Rockford Amateur Astronomers, Inc.

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