Says the Daily Mail, which prints some examples.
Insiders say a number of top crop circle makers have quit following a clampdown by farmers and moved onto making sand circles, which are legal.
In previous years, impressive crop circles have drawn in thousands of tourists to southern England and some believers who saw the circles as the work of aliens.
But this year visitors have been disappointed by just a handful of crude patterns such as a square, a heart and a small uneven circle.
Former crop circlemaker Matthew Williams [not an “energy vortex”] — who has given up his hobby because he suffers from hay fever — said the lack of competition is driving down standards.
He said: ‘The problem is that the best croppies have retired or gone onto something new, so there isn’t any competition any more.”