Fewer modern farmers rely on almanacs for insights
BOSTON (AP) — The 2013 edition of the Old Farmers 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 almanacs audience.
The 221-year-old Old Farmers Almanac, published in New Hampshire and not to be confused with the slightly younger Farmers 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.