A southwest Iowa farmer has carved the first name of his favorite presidential candidate into the landscape.
“I had a couple of yard signs stolen and I was out on my tractor there that day and it just kind of hit me. I though: ‘Geez. I’ve got a perfect place for this.’ It’s soybean stubble which would make it show up good, over next to the road. So I just thought: ‘I’ll go try it. It probably won’t work. If it doesn’t work out, I’ll just scratch through it if it doesn’t’ and it just seemed to turn out perfect,” says 68-year-old Michael Pattavina of Clarinda, a Bernie Sanders supporter.
He didn’t map out a plan for the “Bernie” in his bean field. Pattavina just used a chisel plow on the back of his tractor to cut a seven-foot-wide swath as he wrote out the six letters in his field.
“It probably took me about 20 to 30 minutes to do it,” Pattavina says. “The ‘B’ is about 60 feet tall.”
Pattavina’s “flat Bernie” billboard is the talk of the town.
“Whenever I see somebody on the street, they talk to me about it and say they really like it and everything — even the conservatives,” Pattavina says. “I might mention that I live in an ultra-conservative area.”
The sign can clearly be seen from the air, as the name “Bernie” covers about half an acre in Pattavina’s field. Pattavina says he didn’t do it “to be popular” but he would love to hear from his favorite candidate at some point.
“It only cost me a few cents for the fuel and a little bit of time and that’s exactly what Bernie’s all about,” Pattavina says.
The farm Pattavina lives on has been in his family for 158 years and Pattavina has farmed the ground all his life.
(Reporting by Alisa Nelson of the Missourinet)