Weather has always been an important factor in agriculture, but it’s the ability to predict upcoming weather that attracts those in the ag industry. Predicting the weather is one reason why farmers and ranchers are full of adages, rhymes, harbingers, and clues about what the weather is about to bring. For instance, “Clear moon, frost soon,” is one proverb that would compel farmers to hurry up and finish the harvest of cold-tender crops, keeping the harvest from ruin. In a similar way, any farmer or rancher will tell you that a herd of cows lying down foretells a coming storm, and you’d then know it’s a poor time to cut hay!

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