Monday, September 20, 2021

Mysterious crop formation? No, soybean maze celebrates U of A’s 150th birthday

soybean crop maze
This soybean crop maze on David Petter’s farm near Stuttgart, Arkansas, celebrates the 150th anniversary of the University of Arkansas.

For the first time in his life, David Petter, a third-generation Arkansas farmer, is proud to show off something he’s not growing this year.

Soybeans and rice are grown on the family farm north of Stuttgart. But in the middle of one field, Petter sacrificed some of his prize beans for a crop design to help highlight the 150th anniversary of the founding of the University of Arkansas.

“A crop duster in the area got a couple of photos of it, and it looks great,” Petter said. “I’m hoping Google will capture a satellite image of it too.”

Razorback football fans got a sneak peek of the crop design before the Rice game last weekend.

The U of A is developing a Short Takes video feature to debut later this fall about the crop design and another corn maze design near Mayflower that both celebrate the university’s 150th anniversary.

Petter and his wife, Monica, are both graduates of the university’s Sam M. Walton College of Business.

“My dad told us we had to have a college degree to farm, and he was right,” Petter said. “The University of Arkansas means a lot to us, and we’re happy to to help support the 150thin this way.”

The University of Arkansas contributed this article.

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