Mar 1, 2017

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Some Facts Surrounding a Man-Made Crop Circle. What Can We Learn?

All who are intrigued by the crop circle phenomenon will find the following information to be of interest. Australian journalist Kate Hill’s report about the creation of a large “crop circle” featured in a Japanese beer commercial sheds light on the time, effort, and cost of creating a man-made crop circle. Although very well done, this crop circle is not as complex or as intricate as many that have simply appeared in crop fields around the world over night, and for free! Here you see the large crop circle that was created for the Asahi Brewing Company in mature barley:

Asahi Brewing Company's "Crop Circle"

Asahi Brewing Company’s “Crop Circle”

What can we infer from Ms. Hill’s report concerning the details and logistics of creating this man-made “crop circle”? You can read Ms. Hill’s report HERE, but below are listed the most salient points we can glean from her report:

  • The crop circle was initially mapped out in “one week of dawn to dusk” work by those 40 people.
  • The effort required a crew of 40 people, some of whom were expert surveyors employing state-of-the-art, base station GPS equipment.
  • The “crop circle” was completed using “48 cans of spray paint“.
  • Although the exact cost of creating the crop circle is not specified, those who were contracted to create this crop circle were paid for their efforts. We are told that the Asahi Brewing Company’s advertising budget for this campaign approached the figure of $1,000,000 dollars.
  • Tractors, garden rollers, and brush cutters were employed to create the design in mature barley.

Do you see the many contradictions here? Let’s compare and contrast these facts with what we know about Genuine Crop Circles (GCC’s).

  • “A week of dawn to dusk work”. GCC’s appear over night! With few exceptions, the vast majority are created in darkness and over the span of a few hours.
  • “40 people”. Imagine 40 people showing up at a coordinated time to create a nocturnal GCC. Where would they park so many vehicles? How could so many people remain hidden and undiscovered? How would the efforts of this many people be efficiently coordinated, and in the dark? Wouldn’t some of the 40 participants be talking about what they had accomplished?
  • “GPS surveying equipment manned by expert surveyors” – highly precise GPS base-station equipment costs 10’s of 1000’s of dollars! And, what group of expert surveyors would be up all night creating nocturnal GCCs, many 1000’s of times, and over several decades?
  •  “48 cans of spray paint” – to my knowledge there has never been evidence of residual spray paint discovered in the creation of a GCC.
  • “A million-dollar budget”. Although several man-made “crop circles” have been commissioned for commercial advertising, the GCCs come to us “for free” – seemingly as gifts for those who are paying attention.
  • “Tractors and brush cutters”. These are loud machines that would quickly alert farmers that someone was out vandalizing their crop field, destroying their hard work – especially at night. Besides, the plants in GCCs are never discovered to be crushed or cut in the creation of their design. Rather, they are simply gently bent over at their stem nodes. And remember, over at least 30 years and 1000’s of GCCs, essentially nobody has ever been arrested for trespassing and vandalizing farmer’s crops in the UK, or anywhere else.
  • Nobody ever claims credit for specific GCCs. While the UK group “CircleMakers” claim they are responsible for many of the GCCs, they have never claimed credit for a specific GCC, and they have never proven their ability to reproduce a single GCC under controlled conditions by independent observers. They are deplorable liars and frauds.

Crop Circles Research Foundation is grateful to Asahi Brewing Company for providing us with this unique opportunity to closely examine the details concerning the construction of a man-made “crop circle”. Armed with these facts about their “crop circle”, we can know that the “they’re all man-made” explanation for GCCs just doesn’t fly.

  1. We croppies love things like this. There is so much that is inexplicable about where circles come from, especially with biological changes to the plants and chemical changes to the soil. But much as I wish this piece was gospel, the capacity the hoaxers have to press complex shapes into fields during a few hours of darkness is prodigious. Whatever the requirements for this ad were, this isn’t what’s needed to hoax English circles. For more, see the documentary that got a good review in The New York Times: “What on Earth?” at It’s streaming free if you have Amazon Prime.

    • Sorry Suzanne,
      But although I liked your movie I cannot allow your comment to go unanswered. You appear to be stating that human crop circle hoaxers in the U.K. must have some kind of supernatural (“prodigious”) ability to create hoaxed crop circles many times per season, for free, for no recognition, and in the dark no less. Even though, in this real-life example of a large, relatively complex, commercially produced “crop circle” we now know that it required 40 people, lots of money, a week of long days (that’s days, not nights) of work, using noisy equipment. These were expert surveyors, ones likely using state-of-the-art surveying equipment and spray paint. We know all this because Kate Hill talked to the creators and asked the right questions. For me this report debunks claims we so often hear that so many other crop circles, in the U.K. or otherwise, are mostly hoaxes. I believe in science, and this report gives us solid data about what is actually involved in time, work, and money when humans undertake a large and complex crop circle project. Your claim reminds me of when Mark Pilkington told me, to my face and in front of an audience, that he knew, personally, the group of human “CircleMakers” who created the 2002 Crabwood “Alien Face” crop circle. In the dark! What a total crock of ….
      Your statement, Suzanne, gives me pause to wonder just which side of the fence you are on in the “hoaxed vs. non-human” debate about the crop circles. Although many try to minimize the importance of this question it is, for me, the key to understanding the crop circles. When we know “who”, then we will be on our way to understanding the second most important question – why? Perhaps you are more into supporting and maintaining the “mystery” about the origin of crop circles than I previously thought.
      We do not often obtain good reports about what is actually involved in humans creating a crop circle. In Hill’s article we are given an inside look at what it took to create this one for the Asahi Brewing Co. We would do well to pay close attention to this.

  2. A Mendoza says:

    I like the real extraterrestrial crop circles better. They are more organic in nature; better for the environment.

    • That’s a good way to put it – “more organic in nature”. Like, not mowed down with tractors or brush cutters. Gently laid down crop with less severe artistic touches – this is what we see in the non-man-made crop circles! You can actually feel this when you look at them.

  3. Linda Wetherby says:

    Great response in regard to Australian journalist Kate Hill’s report on the Asahi Brewing Company’s man made crop circle. Good work, Dick!

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