Farmer's Almanac still used to plan for growing season

By: Rayne McKenzie Email
By: Rayne McKenzie Email

The Farmer's Almanac is still sold across the nation with tips about farming and weather predictions for the coming year.

Farmer’s may not rely solely on the Farmer's Almanac to plant their crops, but many definitely see it as a valuable resource.

John Aplin with Aplin Farms said, “I think there is some merit to the almanac. I buy a copy and read it and use it as a reference. We don't go by the almanac, but there is stuff we use from the almanac."

John is one of many farmers who use the almanac as one of many sources to consider when planning for the year ahead.

Aplin continued, "We use some of the same information, but we look at it from a different source because of new technology - Internet."

The Farmer's Almanac has a disclaimer: 'We put forth the best guess work for the benefit of those [who] believe in it.'

It seems some farmers do believe in at least some of the information contained inside.

Wiregrass Extension Coordinator Willie Durr said, "We can't argue with success and that's the whole point. We know that people use different methods as to when to plant and harvest and that's their decision. What we do is we don't discard the idea because some people have found them to be useful."

Aplin concluded, "Normally it's fairly accurate, more accurate than our weather man is."

There must be some truth to it; the book has been published every year since 1818.

Some farmers who believe in the almanac say they expect 2010 to be another wet year, possibly as wet as last year. So for farmer's sake here in the Wiregrass, we hope it is wrong.

Planting season for many farmers in the Wiregrass will begin next month.

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