Indiana Farmers Fought Daylight Savings Time…WHY?

farmer corn Indiana Farmers Fought Daylight Savings Time...WHY?

That Darn Sun Will Burn The Popcorn!

Daylight savings time is here and we in Arizona have chosen not to play, along with Hawaii and northern Indiana.  The idea was first suggested by Ben Franklin in the late 1700’s, but when it was debated in the seventies, many farmers in Indiana were not in favor of the idea…

Indiana is the largest producer of popcorn in the Unidted States. It is a true story that some farmers were fearful that the extra hour of sunlight would burn the crops or worse yet, the popcorn may actually begin to “POP” on the stalk! Well, perhaps that last part may not be true, but the basic story is true. I used to live in Indianapolis, Indiana in the early 80’s. As a big race fan, I loved to go to the Indy 500 or to “time trials” in the month of May. I always get a little jolt when Jim Nabors sings “Back Home Again In Indiana” at the start of the Indy 500 each year. I wasn’t born a Hoosier, but I did enjoy living there for a few years, just like Dallas, Denver, Pittsburg and now Phoenix, Arizona. Having lived in all of those places, I can clearly state that I have never seen one field of corn burned due to extra Sunshine from Daylight Saving’s Time! And we never will…so, sleep well tonight! Remember: “Don’t Do Anything!” Don’t Spring forward or Fall back…just enjoy a good night’s sleep and tomorrow morning your friends and relatives in other Time Zones will be out of sync with YOU..not the other way around!

  • oldiesfan6479

    Lee–all of Indiana has been observing DST since 2006. Prior to that, it was the Eastern Time Zone portion (the majority of the state) that remained on EST year-round, with the exception of five “illegal” counties near Cincinnati and Louisville that unofficially used daylight saving time during the DST period. The two smaller areas on Central time (NW and SW sections) have been doing the CST/CDT switch for years.

    • Lee Bortel

      Oldies fan…I love your comments on Radio Info. As for Indiana, I believe you will find that eight NW counties (who consider themselves more a part of Chicago than Indiana) are actually in the Central Time Zone. As for your point about going completely to The DARK side, you are correct. I have not been there for over 10 years; but, who knows what they have up to during that time? Thanks for the correction! Keep Rockin’

  • American Infidel

    I hate DST!!!!! It’s a pain in the rear to have to go all over the house resetting the clocks twice a year. Yes, I know, I could purchase clocks that automatically change to DST, but why should I have to go to that extra expense for the sake of an extra hour of daylight at the end of the day?

    • Lee Bortel

      I am with you! My wife (Mary) is from Washington DC and has a large Italian family spread out over Maryland, D.C., Virginia etc. We always have to train them every six months on when it is too early or too late to call on the phone. Thank goodness for e-mail!! As for California, I don’t think they even know where Arizona is located, but I love the Napa Valley!! Thanks for the response!

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