still out on origin of farmer's crop circles
08/29/04 - Wausau
TOWN OF WAUSAU - Scott Worden won't say for sure
whether he believes in the paranormal, but he doesn't
dismiss the idea either.
That's why Worden, a longtime dairy farmer, agreed to
have two paranormal investigators inspect six crop
circles Saturday that were found by a farmhand Monday
in Worden's barley field.
"Everybody thinks I'm nuts, but I just want to
know what caused it. I know cows more than I know
circles," said Worden, 37, through a sheepish
grin. Worden runs the farm with his brother, Tim, and
more on paranormal investigations and
investigators Chad Lewis and Terry Fisk, log
on to chadlewis.com.
Log on to weird-wi.com
for information on ghosts, aliens, UFOs,
oddities, the occult and more.
investigator Terry Fisk of Eau Claire said he would
first and foremost be looking for evidence that showed
the formations were a hoax.
"You usually can tell how the crops have been
laid down and if there is damage to the crops,"
said Fisk, 49, who in July investigated crop circles
found in Chippewa Falls. Usually, plants are bent, not
broken in crop circles whose causes are difficult to
explain. In obviously hoaxed circles, the grains are
The two arrived at the site around 9 a.m. Saturday
morning with cameras and tape measures. They also
brought a Geiger counter, which measures
radioactivity, and a TriField meter, an instrument
that measures magnetic, electrical and radio waves, as
well as microwaves.
They were disappointed to find that the field had been
harvested with a combine after the circles were
created. It also appeared that many people had walked
through the field.
"We like to compare the crop inside the circles
to the crop outside the circles," said paranormal
investigator Chad Lewis of Eau Claire, who has been
investigating crop circles for 10 years.
"Obviously, since this has been cut, we can't do
circles' proximity to the road - about 50 feet - could
indicate a hoax.
"Maybe someone wants it to be noticed, plus, it's
easy access," said Fisk, who, along with Lewis,
hosts a radio program called "The
Unexplained" that airs weekly in the Eau Claire
Even the lack of activity found on the investigators'
TriField meter could indicate a sham. But the duo
won't dismiss the phenomenon as such at this point.
The waves the meter detects could have dissipated
between the time the crop circles formed and today,
Town chairman Jim Riehle, who was looking at the crop
circles Saturday morning, is convinced the crop
circles are the real deal.
used to listen to Art Bell on the radio all the
time," Riehle said. "I don't think this is a
hoax. I'm a grain farmer. When you walk through a
field like this, you leave footprints, and you can
still see them three days later.
aren't any footprints around here, no tracks to show
where people would have come in."
hosted a nationally syndicated all-night radio show
called "Coast to Coast AM" in the 1990s and
from time to time from 2001 to 2003. The show, which
is still on the air with a different host, deals with
tales of the supernatural, the paranormal and weird.
Crop circles, most of which are found to be easily
explainable hoaxes, can be formed with a rope, a board
and a couple of people.
You attach the rope to the board, step on the board
and move in a circle, Fisk said. It usually takes two
people, with one person standing on the end of the
board at the center of the circle.
The crop circle investigation won't stop with
Saturday's probe, which is considered preliminary work
by the paranormal investigators.
They say they'll also check with Wisconsin Public
Service for reports of power outages in the area
around the same time the crop circles were formed.
They'll also ask airport officials whether pilots have
reported other circles in the area and find out if
police received word of any UFO sightings.
Later, they'll send in soil and crop samples to BLT
Crop Circle Investigations in Cambridge, Mass., for
testing. Results from the lab work will not be
available until spring 2005.