Farmers like ‘springing forward’

Published 12:03 am Saturday, March 7, 2015

Local farmers said Friday that the beginning of Daylight Savings Time is a godsend because it allows them extra time in the day to get much-needed work accomplished.

At 2 a.m. on Sunday, time will skip ahead one hour. From this point forward, days will begin to last longer as darkness descends later in the day.

Daylight Savings Time was established to help save energy and make better use of daylight.

Chuck Simon of the Covington County Extension Office said as a farmer, he wishes the new time would stay.

“I’d like to get home and have a few hours in the evening to feed my livestock and do other work,” Simon said.

Bobby Jackson, manager of the Opp Stockyards, or Farmers Co-Op Market, said farmers in the Opp area, including himself, like the extra time.

“It gives you more time, and you can work more in the daylight hours in the afternoon,” Jackson said. “Once it falls back to the other time, it seems like we can’t get anything done. I call it the fast time.”

Jackson said farmers use the time between sun up to sun set and even after dark to get work done.

Daylight Savings Time ends on Nov. 1, 2015, at 2 a.m.