Approaching the fields where the crop circles lay brought my energy level up. The sky was half blue, and the oat fields were gold and full of birds. Their energy level was up, also. This was my fourth trip to the fields. I was hearing more sedge wrens here than Id heard in any other place in the west field. These wrens were in the grass strip allowed for drainage in most crop fields. This one was mowed and drained well. None of the pressed-down crop circles penetrated the green strip. The circles medium was oats and oats only. Even the occasional green herbaceous plants in the circles farthest part missed the mysterious matting effect and stood upright, maximizing the suns output for nourishment.
Other bird species such as the red-winged blackbird and grackles were taking advantage of the downed oats. Small school-like waves would rise up momentarily and settle back down to the feeding ground like broken waves of ballpark fans; you could never predict where they would rise or when theyd sit down. The most unusual bird of the day was an orchard oriole. It flew into a shrub outside the fenced-in field. It, too, was full of energy and seemed unconcerned with us.
The crop circles were in both fields, and one field was on each side of the road, though they werent lined up across from each other. Where one ended, the other was in the middle. Each field rose up on a hill and ended at the top, each about 15 acres in size. The crop circles were in the oat fields only, though corn, hay and alfalfa fields bordered the oat fields and offered a beautiful extended canvas.
If you compared the oat fields to a canvas, youd have to say the entire canvas was used as though designed by a seasoned artist. In both fields, every corner was marked. One corner would have four linear marks while the corner beneath it would have a swirl and a semicircle. The middle field on this one would get very busy with random swirls, curls, circles and lines. The middle of the right edge was busiest of all with half-triangles, half-circles and swirls. The field marks had a randomness; yet, it looked connected like a formula or an Oriental language. No matter how hard one tried to dismiss it as randomness, it looked too much like a language code that I had no key to decipher.
BLT Research Inc., hired me, and I picked an assistant to do grunt work. The grunt I picked is an intelligent, in-tune friend who was delighted to help. Though nervous about entering the fields, once in, he felt like a child in a candy store. He took compass readings and watched the needle spin back and forth at times. He felt an energy at times, and I must admit he left the fields much happier than when he entered. The most important part of the exam was the collection of oat plants. They were to be cut at ground level inside several crop circles closer to the middle of the fields. Nancy Talbot of BLT was emphatic about this as she claimed plants near the field edges were always poor representatives.
Control oat plants of comparable sizes were to be picked in the fields middle section outside of the crop circles. What wed be looking for were node (joint) elongations in the plant stalks. Secondly, wed look for matter expulsion holes in the nodes, and thirdly, a side bending of the stalk at the node. All node features we were to look for occurred in the first node from the seed head.
Pilots interested in volunteering their time to fly over the field to provide aerial photos of the field should call 964-9767.
Rod Myers is a local resident with an interest in the environment and disability issues. He has an associates degree in science and a bachelors in fine arts. Rod is a member of the Audubon Society, the Wild Ones Natural Landscapers and Rockford Amateur Astronomers, Inc.