Kokemäki, Finland:


September, 1998


Field report

A large area of flattened crop. Extremely precise borders between the flattened and erected stalks. Regular shaped extensions in the complex geometry. Delicately bent stalks, neatly at the node point. Strong reactions in the dowsing rods in several places.

Sound familiar? If you've visited some of the most intriguing UK crop circles, I'm sure it does.

But believe it or not, I am not talking about a crop circle this time. Let me explain...

I was with a friend on my way back to Pori from Southern Finland, where I had been to see the new Crop Circles. It was early September. We were somewhere around Kokemäki, one of the small towns the Western Finland, when something on the right side of the road struck me so that I immediately cried to my friend who was driving "Stop the car!"

We had passed the spot with a couple hundred meters and as my friend drew back, I got confirmed that I really saw what I thought I'd seen. A field of oat with clearly more than half of it flattened. This was nothing out of the ordinary itself, because the summer has been very rainy and we'd already seen lots of weather damage on the way. But this particular field was strikingly different from the others. The flattened crop was completely flattened and the standing crop was completely standing. There was nothing in-between. I said that if this is a crop circle it's not only the biggest ever, but the most bizarre ever also.

We parked the car and went into the field. There was a huge area that was almost entirely bent against the ground, excluding some isolated islands of seemingly untouched crop. This main area extended itself among the less affected areas as more or less regular shaped "arms". They were mostly either triangular or rectangular or straight paths, some 30 - 60 cm wide. The strangest thing about the triangular extensions was that the stalks were without exception laid down away from the extremely sharp peak. Yet the surrounding stalks were completely erect.

A rectangle shaped large extension with a standing tuft in the middle.

One of the triangle peaks. The arrows show the direction of the bent stalks.

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