Farmers like the longer days that come with Daylight Saving Time


SALINAS VALLEY, Calif. - Daylight Saving Time is this Sunday, however, if it were up to San Jose Lawmaker Kansen Chu, we no longer would need to change our clocks. However, for farmer Javier Zamora, who works on his farm ten months out of the year, Daylight Saving Time kicks it all off.

"Most of the farmers in the area know that this is kind of the window that opens up to start planting," said JSM Organics Grower Javier Zamora.

This Saturday, Californians will need to move their clock one hour ahead before going to sleep. But don't blame farmers for this routine. 

"Contrary to popular belief, agriculture did not lobby for Daylight Saving Time.  In fact, they opposed it when it first was adopted in 1918 as a wartime measure," said Assistant Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner Bob Roach.

But in an industry based more around the sun than the hands on a clock, would getting rid of Daylight Saving Time be beneficial?

"Cows are not ready to be milked an hour earlier to meet the delivery schedule because we changed the clocks," said Roach.

Not every place participates in the time change. So the impact for large farm operations can be felt further than California.

"When we change the clocks. Now there is an hour time difference between there office in Arizona and California," said Roach.

"It gives the farmer more time to work in the field. The more crops you get in the more money you make," said Farmer Jack Vezolo.

Farmers are now coming off the slow winter months, meaning the extra time in the day means extra greens in the pocket.

"I think it's a good thing to work a few more hours. It's exciting actually," said Zamora.

Zamora said he has high hopes for this season.

"We expect and we hope that it's going to be a beautiful season. Really, really with lots of strawberries. And lots of vegetable for people to enjoy," said Zamora.

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