August/Sept. 1996 Crop Circles

Pease, MN Crop Circle (9/5/96)

Updated Thursday October 3, 1996
Pease, MN, USA. Discovered September 5, 1996

Henry Veurink, while driving by sitting high on his tractor seat, discovered a crop circle in a corn field one mile northwest of Pease, MN. It is a single circle 62 feet in diameter with stalks lying down in a counter-clockwise direction. Pease is located about 4 miles south of Milaca, MN. In October of 1994, a corn crop circle formation consisting of three circles in a row was discovered 10 miles east-northeast of here. Click here for image (full size approx 61k).

Above, (c) Copyright Robert Schultz, 1996, All rights reserved.

Click here for more detailed report and drawings by Bob Schultz.

Click here for smaller image (300x200 pixels).

On October 2nd, Bob Schultz and Tex Ritter collected 40 corn stalks and 13 soil samples.   
These samples were submitted to the BLT Research Team for labratory analysis .  John Burke, 
Dr. W.C. Levengood and Nancy Talbott are the founders of the BLT team.  Dr. Levengood will 
test the samples and write a lab report showing his findings.  This report should be available by 
Spring 1997.

Click here for Pease Crop Circle Image Gallery.

Team #2 Report

Casey Holt, Dave Geise, and Joe Osowski went to Pease to do some followup photography of the crop circle. They took 15 pictures in all.

Almost all the cornstalks were laid down in a counter-clockwise pattern. A few of the stalks were pointed outward and were underneath some of the counter-clockwise stalks. About 6 of the center stalks were laid down pointing south. Some of the stalks near the outside edge were pointed outward at an angle to the surrounding standing corn. Some of these stalks were also not flat to the ground, but were leaning over at a 10-45 degree angle from the ground.

The circle was about 60 feet in diameter and appeared to be very close to perfectly round. We found a few stalks with what looked like small burn marks (burnt or blown nodes) maybe 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches across. Most of the corn stalks were bent over sharply close to the ground, but a few looked like they had been broken off 6 to 10 inces up. It seemed like right at the bend the stalk might have been weakened or exploded from the inside and then pushed over and pressed to the ground. The corn cobs were still intact and looked undisturbed. Some of the stalks in one area of the circle appeared to be growing back up again as they were bending upward toward the sky.

UFO in Photo?

NOTE: After the photographs were processed, one of them had a dark "object" in the sky above the crop circle. The negative was anylised and found not to be a defect. This "UFO-like" object has been seen in other photographs of crop circles submitted to the BLT team. Click here for image (enlarged) of object. It should also be noted that the object was not seen at the time it was photographed and neither were any birds. The full size photograph is here. (Black object in center of sky above crop circle.)

Above, (c) Copyright Casey Holt, 1996 (Minnesota MUFON Investigator), All rights reserved.

Watertown, SD Crop Circle (8/8/96)

Gaylord Bohn discovered an elaborate crop circle in his wheat field two miles west of Watertown, SD on August 8th, 1996. Its size is about 160 by 100 feet. Click here for image.

During the summer of 1996, approximately 100 crop circles have occured in England and some 40 crop circles have occured in the United States. Although designs in the UK are more complex than in the US, this Watertown, SD design is the most complex ever found in the US according to the director of MUFON in Sequin, TX.

Samples of wheat have been submitted for labratory analysis to the BLT Research Team. John Burke, Dr. W.C. Levengood and Nancy Talbott are the founders of the BLT team. Dr. Levengood will write a lab report showing his findings. This report is expected to be complete by Spring 1997.

Above, (c) Copyright Robert Schultz, 1996, All rights reserved.

NOTE: Some people have declared this one a hoax. This has not been verified yet, but looks likely.

Report on Rocanville, Saskatchewan Crop Circle Formations
*Preliminary Report*

Circles Phenomenon Research International

Date of Report: September 12, 1996
Location: Rocanville, Saskatchewan, Canada
Date Found: September 4, 1996
Investigation: Daniel Clairmont (Saskatchewan MUFON), Chad Deetken (Pacific Research) Catalogue No: 00296 / 00396

Report received from Chad Deetken on September 11, who received it from CBC Radio on September 10, 1996.

Two circles, each about 14 metres (42 feet) in diameter, in a wheat field near a potash mine. Discovered on September 4, 1996.

The plant stalks were bent close to the ground, not broken or damaged, and neatly woven together in a very impressive spiral pattern. The ground beneath the flattened crops was not disturbed and no other evidence of hoaxing was found. Click here for image.

Reports carried on local Saskatchewan radio (CBC) and in local newspapers (Leader Post - Regina, Saskatchewan; The World-Spectator - Moosomin, Saskatchewan).

Photographed, surveyed and sampled by Daniel Clairmont. He stated to me that these were the best Canadian crop circles he had ever seen. Even the couple reporters I talked to in Regina were impressed. Samples have been sent to Dr. Levengood in Michigan, USA for lab analysis.

The location is halfway acoss the country from where I am (Vancouver, BC), so I was not able to investigate the site personally.

A full report will be available soon, with further details, diagrams, photos, etc.

Also, Chris Rutkowski (Ufology Research of Manitoba) reports that a lab in Ontario, Canada may be ready soon for crop circle analysis.

Paul Anderson
Circles Phenomenon Research International
Tel / Fax: 604.731.8522

The World-Spectator (Moosomin, Saskatchewan) Week of September 8, 1996



Two almost-perfect circles of flattened crops in a wheat field near Rocanville have left local people wondering what could have caused them.

The crop circles were first seen Wednesday morning, Sept. 4 in a field used by the Rocanville Rink Board as a fundraiser this summer.

The field is located southwest of the PCS Rocanville mine. The two circles are about 45 feet in diameter.

The circles have already attracted a stream of onlookers from throughout the area.

Bob Langley was the first person to see the circles. He saw one of the crop circles early Wednesday morning, and said he didn't know what to think. "I've never seen anything like it," he said. "There was no wheat trampled down - no sign that anyone had been in there."

He walked through the field to take a closer look at the crop circle, and spotted a second one nearby. He says there was no trampled wheat and no other sign that anyone had been in the field.

The first person he told about the find was Wayne Kingdon, who was just as surprised. "It's hard to imagine what could do this," he said. "If it was wind, you would think it would have tossed things around a bit. If somebody was in there, you should have been able to tell."

Neither of the men has any idea what could have caused the circles. "I don't know what could have done that, and I'm not sure I want to find out," said Langley.

There was nothing unusual spotted in the field as of dusk on Tuesday. A crew had been working on the road allowance next to the field and no one saw the circles or anything else in the field on Tuesday.

Wheat stalks in the circles are bent close to the ground, but the stalks are not broken. The ground is not compressed within the circles. All the stalks are neatly laid down and appear to be woven together in a spiral pattern. The edges of the circles are clean, with stalks standing straight up next to stalks laid flat.

Rick Holm, a professor of crop science and plant ecology, says he has heard about six reports of crop circles in Saskatchewan in his 12 years at the University of Saskatchewan, but he doesn't have any explanations.

"It's a bit of a mystery," he said. "There is no explanation."

He said there are three theories about the origin of crop circles. "One is pranksters, one is some sort of local whirlwind, and the other you hear is UFOs and that sort of stuff."

Holm doesn't put much stock in the UFO theory, and while many crop circles have proven to be hoaxes, he believes some are caused by wind or some other natural phenomenon.

He investigated one crop circle just outside Saskatoon which was an obvious hoax.

"It was within sight of a new subdivision, and it looked like someone had just picked up a 2x6 from one of the construction sites and laid the crop flat with it in a circular pattern. The stalks were broken, and you could see footprints in the circle."

However, he has seen photos of other crop circles that are harder to explain, leading him to think that some unexplained natural phenomenon is causing them. "A lot of them have turned out to be the work of pranksters, and people have admitted to it afterwards, but I don't think all of them can be explained that way. Some remain mysteries."

One person who has made a point of studying crop circles is Daniel Clairmont, an IMC Esterhazy employee who spends much of his spare time investigating unusual phenomena. Clairmont said in an interview Thursday that there are more crop circles than people know about in southeastern Saskatchewan.

"They're happening all over the place, but most people don't want to report them," he said. He took measurements and samples at the site of the Rocanville crop circles on Thursday.

This is the third local instance of crop circles Clairmont has investigated. In each case he has taken soil, grain, and straw samples from inside and outside the circles. In the earlier instances, Clairmont says analysis of the samples showed a number of differences between samples taken inside and outside the circles, differences that point to sudden heating in the circles. Clairmont says he doesn't draw any conclusions from his investigations, but the results raise a lot of questions.

"Some people think the crops have just been flattened down by something," he notes. "But why are the stalks not broken? I looked at the soil in the circles at Rocanville, and the ground isn't compacted at all. The stones aren't pushed into the ground.

"Some people think it's just a whirlwind. But what kind of wind can do something like that - take the wheat and lay it down and weave it together?"

Clairmont took measurements, and found that the circles are not perfectly round. One, on a slight incline, has a diameter that ranges from 44.5 to 46.5 feet. The longer diameter runs along the incline, as would be expected if a circle was impressed from above. The other circle, on more level ground, has a diameter that varies from 45.5 to 46 feet.Clairmont isn't counting on his investigations ever turning up the source of the crop circles.

"It's really hard to imagine what could be behind these things," he says. "Until we're ready to know, or whatever is doing it decides to let us know, I don't think we'll ever find out."

The crop circles have attracted a lot of media and public attention, and will be left as is. The area including the circles will not be harvested along with the rest of the field.

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