Dozens of acres of sorghum is flattened, and no one knows how or why the corn-like plant was damaged on a farm just south of Hastings. But neighbors say it had to have happened Monday night.
At the Halbert Farms in Dowling rows and rows of sorghum were flattened – not snapped – laying on the ground in unusual patterns.
Suzette Garges and her family live on Bird Road, a farm-lined dirt road in this Barry County town. She woke up Tuesday morning to this very unusual sight.
“This is a huge area,” she said. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”
“I’ve seen like ‘Signs,’ but I’ve never really seen crop circles unless it’s been in a book or in a special or something,” she said. “It’s freaky. Not in Barry County. Not in Barry County.”
There was rain in Barry County Monday night, but no damage. No hail or other unusual weather.
“There was no thunder and lightning,” Garges said. “It was a light steady rain, I don’t remember any wind.”
Even if there had been wind, the patterns in the field are multi-directional. “The grass is going this way and then this way,” she added. “How would a wind do that, even if it were in a circular motion, and it doesn’t.”
The man who farmed this land for decades hasn’t ever seen this type of damage on such a large scale, but his theory has to do with the rain.
“Only thing I can think of around the outside edges is the water has a chance to whip out of the leaves,” said Bud, who didn’t provide his last name, “but I don’t know what happened in the middle.”
It’s a crop mystery in Barry County that no one can explain, but locals do agree this could not have been done by hand.
“It doesn’t look like somebody come out here and damaged it,” Garges said. “I mean it would take a lot of work to damage this much field and you definitely couldn’t do it in one night.”
The National Weather Service has no radar images saved from Monday night, but neither do they have any record of weather spotter reports that would warrant that sort of damage.
The farmer who lease that land and harvests that crop said it’s the first year he’s planted sorghum there, and he doesn’t expect the damage to affect his profit for the year.