with Canola (Rape-seed) in mind.
The closest we get to this in the natural world is positive phototropism or sun-seeking which takes several days. We commonly find a bending feature in CFs but it is not phototropism as it is always present early on day one when it occurs which proves beyond any doubt that this is an unnatural event. This stalk is about 1cm in width, mature and very brittle!
Mistakes, Errors and Probability.
We are now at that time of year when we start to look out for the first crop formation of the season. (At the time of publishing this article the canola was in flower and 3 feet in height already...an early season?) This CF would usually be in canola (or rape seed is other name) and is the bright yellow flowering crop grown for it's seed that is used as cooking oil. This robust plant grows up to around 5 feet in height and the stems at the base can be as thick as an average adult human finger.The texture of the stalk is initially relatively moist and tender and will snap cleanly if pushed on forcefully but as it matures it becomes harder and brittle. Disinformers/debunker types would like you to believe this material when found fractured or kinked, or in any CF come to that, not just canola, is a sign of a non-mysterious event (hand-made.) This is most certainly not the case. CFs I have visited positively cross-referenced well with other sophisticated CFs widely acknowledged as mysterious when appraised using a broad spectrum approach (looking at many features as opposed to just one and then factoring in 'probability'.) They have all had signs of fracture or kinked stems at low level to some degree that are not due to foot-tread. However, canola CF stalks have mostly been either pushed over carefully at ground level, stalks intact with the roots just about visible and pulled up to one side or... smoothly stem-curved over at low level in quite an unnatural way but still intact allowing the plant to survive.
To the right is the Winton Windmill canola CF I visited on 22 May 2010 which appears to contain an ascii coded reference to Euler's Identity. This is about as mathematically sophisticated and obscure as it gets folks!
Thanks to John Montgomery copyright 2010 for Eulers aerial shot (right) and Olivier Morel copyright 2010 for canola stalk photo (above.)
For anyone who has actually been into a field of canola they will know what an inhospitable plant and experience it was. Not only is the standing crop extremely sturdy and tough but also the pollen it produces will almost choke you if you are asthmatic and will completely cover your clothes and anything you are carrying. Horrible stuff! The whole idea of someone voluntarily going into such a crop to attempt manipulation with a plank of wood, at risk of being discovered by an angry farmer is in my view, complete nonsense, insane and indeed would be impossible especially if bending was present. In practice it would be possible for one man to push say 3-4 rows (adjacent stems) down in one action but without due consideration to accuracy of any design as this material is so rough. The resistance present over say a one metre width, which is the width of the alleged ‘planker’s craft tool’ would be so great it would need some sort of farm machinery to sustain such a task. This would be obvious and leave a trail of evidence. A result that is a smooth and consistent overall end product, i.e. historically the consistent and perfectly formed geometric design, is inconceivable. It would be almost like attempting a tidy, accurate and sophisticated design actioned in brushwood! The consistant machine-like quality and sophistication of coarse material canola CFs over the years is true testimony to some sort of very able ‘agency’ whose crafting ability far exceeds anything that I can even imagine. The evidence simply speaks for itself.
This CF occurred in arguably the most surveilled field in the world, East Field, Alton Barnes: it is in a spot easily seen from the road. The farmer concerned is a CF hostile who would be very, very upset if he discovered anyone damaging his crop. He only let me in to appraise and take photos as he knows and trusts me. The very idea of someone attempting such a trick as 'planking' in this place,in this material is practically zero! There is little doubt in my mind at least that this event was completely mysterious in origin.
Here below is an extract from this East Field, June 2013 canola event (above) that I reported to CCC, just as an example. http://www.cropcirclearchives.co.uk/archives/2013/eastfield/groundshots.html
Paul would like to state that he entered the Crop Circle with the kind consent of the farmer.
"I visited this CC with the farmers kind consent. My overall impression was that this CC was typical of canola formations being less neat due to the coarseness of the crop compared to barley or wheat which is a much finer material. I found both fractured and undamaged stems mostly laid over at ground level. There was no evidence of constructional or tracking lines within or outside the formation. I noted several areas of 'split edging' and one solitary standing stalk which was of interest. Likewise, in one of the four satellite circles there was a relatively neat standing tuft surrounded by evenly laid crop. This impressed me with its form. Overall, it has to be said, not a pleasant experience as the pollen covers everything".
Images Paul Jacobs (CGI) Copyright 2013