|Occurred : 10/14/2006 (Entered as : 10/14/06)
Reported: 10/30/2006 5:58:29 PM 17:58
Location: Harrisburg area, PA
|Unusual wide ring of flattened field-corn found NW of Harrisburg, PA
On October 28, 2006 a local turkey hunter who was working the edges of a remote farm field stumbled upon a large (90 ft. +/- overall diameter) flattened ring in field corn, which abutted one edge of the field. The flattened ring was subsequently rough-measured to be approximately 30 ft. wide, with a standing center section of about 30 ft. The 8-9 ft. tall corn plants were all laid in a counter-clockwise swirl around the center section of standing plants. The hunter further reports a "path" off one side of the ring which appeared to him to be part of the formation. From the photos provided it appears that some of the plants were not completely flattened to the ground, and some appear to be broken at the 2nd or 3rd stem node from the ground--in spite of the hunter's assertion that he observed no cut or broken stems. The "path" was not photographed clearly enough to determine it's width or length.
The hunter, who hunts this posted land with permission from the owner, estimated that the ring had occurred some 1-2 weeks previously, although this is really a guess. He reports no high-power electric lines near the field but notes that there is a creek running along one side.
We are told that the land-owner does not allow access to his remote farm generally, but a MUFON researcher reported no evidence of radiation on his visit to the site. No compass work was carried out and there is no information regarding the plant stem nodes. No samples were taken.
From the photos we observe what looks like a fairly typical cropcircle flow to the lay of the plants; we note that a ring in corn is rare (most events in corn are flattened circles) and also point out the relatively large (30 ft.) width of this ring. These facts, along with the very remote location, suggest that this event is not man-made although, without on-site observation and sampling, it is impossible to be certain.
((NUFORC Note: We express our gratitude to Nancy Talbott, President of the BLT Research Team, of Cambridge, MA, for her contribution in investigating this case.