June 10, 2003
Posted at: 8:17 p.m. CDT
KNOBEL, Ark. -- They are the talk of Clay County, crop circles in a local field of wheat. But don't go calling Agents Mulder and Scully on the phone and turn this one into an X-file just yet.
The first-ever crop circle formation was recorded in London, England, in 1647. The most recent, Knobel, Arkansas.
"We just flew over it and spotted it and it kind of surprised us," said Bruce Catt, who was flying over Clay County farmland over the weekend. "We circled it a few times and thought we need to get some pictures of it."
Those who engage in the study of crop circles are known as cerealogists, unlike Catt.
"By no means, I'm a farmer by occupation," Catt said. "I also do some flying, just to look at the farm."
There are some that maintain that there are aliens that are trying to communicate with us by the use of ancient Sumerian symbols.
"There's ten circles, the first one being the biggest," Catt said. "It's around thirty eight (feet), the next one's twenty eight, and around eighteen and eight, and they just kind of taper off."
There's a segment of the population that believe that the circles are messages from the alien spacecraft.
"I don't know what sign it would be or anything," Catt said. "But there's really no hidden meaning to me."
Since this weekend, people are coming in droves to Todd Young's wheat field in Clay County, just to see the phenomenon.
"Yesterday at one time there was four different planes circling the field," Young said. "Continuous airplanes all day, and people on foot as well."
Scientists, and researchers have their own theories on how crop circles around the world: How, why and by whom. However, Catt has a much simpler reason for why it occurred in Clay County.
"I think somebody with too much time on their hands went out and walked the wheat down."