In Central Ohio, Even The Cornfields Are Buckeye Fans

What do smart planting and Buckeye Pride have in common? This amazing field at the OSU Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio.

The logo was created by planting two different hybrids of corn plants: one green and one a drier brown. The two types of corn were laid in place by a smart planter. As the planter moves across the field, the computer system was programmed to plant the rate and variety of seeds in each area that was needed to design the OSU logo.

The smart planter knows the soil type, the terrain, the drainage, and even the organic content of the field.

“This allows you to get the most out of the soil and the seeds that you possibly can,” said Andrew Klopfenstein, senior research associate engineer with the college, who helps plan the project. “You give the crop the best chance of producing the largest yield for its growing conditions.”

For the past couple of years, different images have been grown in the field for the Farm Science Review, an annual three-day agricultural trade show, which is sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at OSU.

via OSU

Last year, the field grew in the outline of Brutus Buckeye. The year before that, it was simply a block ‘O’. As technology has improved, so has the field design.

“Brutus Buckeye had a lot of curves, and equally difficult this year was creating all the lines and small details for the script letters that spell ‘Ohio State,’ ” said Klopfenstein. “We’ve gotten better at it each year.”

I’m not sure what they’ll be designing next year, but I have always wondered what a portrait of Urban Meyer in corn would look like.


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