Used tractors can come in handy for producers, as can a new edition of a helpful old text that came out recently.
The 2011 version of the Old Farmer's Almanac was released by its publisher and includes weather predictions that many farmers could take to heart. This year's winter, it says, will be cooler in the eastern half of the U.S., not including New England.
Furthermore, snowfall will be greater than normal in the mid-Atlantic and Deep South, along with the Pacific Northwest. The summer of 2011, meanwhile, should see temperatures that are lower than normal in the nation's heartland and in coastal states.
"Rainfall will be above normal in the High Plains and from South Carolina westward to the desert Southwest," a release from the Almanac's publisher said.
If the higher rainfall predictions come true, it could present a situation that is a mixed bag for farmers. While precipitation can help plants grow, it can also make it more difficult to traverse fields.
In addition to weather predictions, the almanac provides some other advice on topics such as how etiquette has changed from the past as a result of technology.