Most Ohio State fans show their school spirit in scarlet and gray. OSU fan Scott McIntyre has found a way to show his school pride with different colors - those of yellow and green.
McIntyre, who is a research associate at with Ohio State University/Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center needed a to do a planting experiment. Inspired by the OSU Football team, he strategically planted a soybean field so that it would spell out "Ohio State Buckeyes" along with an accompanying happy face. Spelling everything out meant planting 3,456 plots of yellow-leafed soybeans over the course of six hours this past May.
"Last year, we had empty space at the end of a field," McIntyre said. "It's on OARDC property, and I had permission to use the field. Since Ohio State did so well, I thought I would spell out 'Ohio State Buckeyes.' I had no idea it would work."Unfortunately the message is hard to see on the ground. McIntyre points out that it's best viewed at 1,000 feet. Area fans had better hurry and charter their planes though, as the message isn't expected to last longer than a week.
With this successful experiment McIntyre is hopeful to create more plant messages in the future.
"We'll see how people like this and what fields are available," he said. "I enjoyed doing it, and I hope I'm allowed to do more next year. Maybe we can do a calendar of different fields."It's amazing to see how different people express their team and school pride, and this is one of the best I've seen. If McIntyre wants to go from research associate to professor his next step might be to figure out a way for people to see his great work from the ground. Now that would be a start.
(Photo Credit: KEN CHAMBERLAIN/OSU Communications and Technology)