Farmer's Cows Form Message In Field That's Making Headlines Around The World
Marilyn Caylor 12/31/2018
Although it rarely seems to grab anyone's attention these days, a decade or so ago new crop circle formations frequently made headline news. It's anyone's guess as to whether these intricate geometric designs that adorned the English countryside were made-made fakes, or if aliens were just using the area as a rest stop on their intergalactic family vacation.
What people may not know is that America has its own version of a crop circle artist who is pretty down to earth. He's known nationally for his cheeky "cornfield art," but instead of stomping all over the ground to make cool shapes in the grass, retired North Dakota farmer Gene Hanson sometimes borrows his neighbor's cattle to do all the work.
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The great-grandfather, who lives in a Edgeley, North Dakota, loves to use his drone to snap pictures and take videos of the fields near his home. But, if you've seen one cornfield you've seen them all, so Gene decided to take his hobby to a whole new level by creating cheeky messages in the fields that can be seen from high above.
This year Gene decided to do something extra special by creating a living, breathing symbol that represents the true holiday spirit. All he needed were a few willing farm hands to help out!
Gene thought that it would be nice to remind people that Christmas is supposed to be celebrated in honor of the birth of Jesus - it's his time to shine! So, when he spotted one of his neighbor's feeding 150 of his Angus cows on Richard Mooch Ranch, the great-granddad asked the rancher to help him out with this divinely-inspired project. Gene told Fox News:
"It's the Christmas season, and I thought that would be really nice if he put the feed down in a sign of the cross and he did."
'Tis the season to be holy, and this simple message is something that many folks can get on board with.
Gene is all about the holiday spirit, and last year he plowed "Merry Christmas" into his fields. This time around, the farmer erected a large cross in his cow pasture that measured an astounding 25 feet all by 15 feet wide, and it can be seen along U.S. Highway 281. He also put solar lights on the cross, so folks driving by after the sun has gone down can see it at night.
You can probably already see this one coming, but Gene's beautiful Christmas vision this year certainly gives new meaning to "holy cow!"