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Fewer modern farmers rely on almanacs for insights

BOSTON (AP) — The 2013 edition of the Old Farmer’s Almanac hit shelves Wednesday, but many farmers say the booklets known for their catchy weather predictions are no longer a go-to source in the Information Age.

While some older farmers turn to the booklets for long-range weather predictions, editor Janice Stillman says gardeners, roofers, astronomy clubs and brides-to-be also make up much of the almanac’s audience.

The 221-year-old Old Farmer’s Almanac, published in New Hampshire and not to be confused with the slightly younger Farmer’s Almanac based in Maine, predicts a cold winter in the East, South and Southwest, and a mild winter in the Midwest, heartland and West Coast. Summer will be warmer on the West and East Coasts and cooler throughout the rest of the country.

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