As we prepare to wrap up 2022, many in the ag industry are looking ahead to the new year. While we don’t have a crystal ball that can tell us exactly what to expect for the next growing season, we do have several resources that can help us make better guesses as to what we can expect. One popular resource in the farming community is the Farmers’ Almanac. Editor Pete Geiger said people often limit the Almanac to a weather book.
“Quite frankly, the almanac is very much about how to be good to yourself and how to do things for yourself,” Geiger said. “You know, there’s always challenges, whether it’s inflation, or dry conditions, or whatever the case may be, the almanac has a wealth of information both in the book and on-line, which is FarmersAlmanac.com. So, if you have both the book and the on-line, you’re pretty well set for the year.”
While the Farmers’ Almanac started in New Jersey in 1818, the publication has had only seven editors, helping them stay true to their roots. Geiger said the fact that the Almanac has not gotten political is another reason they’ve been able to stand the test of time.
“The last time we said something political was in 1828 when we said Congress spoke too much and spent too much, and we’ve never made a comment,” Geiger said. “The 1860’s, nothing about the Civil War, World Wars I and II, even as my father was fighting in World War II, nothing was ever mentioned about the wars, or anything. So, I think we’ve stuck very much to what our purpose is, which is to help people do things for themselves.”
The 2023 Farmers’ Almanac is available now wherever you buy books or magazines, and you can find it online and on social media.