Daylight Saving Time is a bit tardy this year. It is the first time, since 1986, that Daylight Saving Time has ended a week late, meaning we don't fall back until next weekend.
In south Lubbock County, farmers are stripping cotton fields. This time last year, they would still have about two hours of daylight left, but this year that change does not happen until this coming Sunday.
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 went into effect this past spring, changing when Daylight Saving Time starts and ends. So now it starts three weeks earlier, in March, and ends one week later, on the first weekend in November.
To give you some background, Daylight Saving Time was first proposed in 1907 but was not started until 1916. It was a wartime measure to save fuel but it wasn't implemented nationally until World War II. Historically, farmers have shown opposition to Daylight Saving Time, but those we spoke with say it doesn't affect them either way.
Cotton and produce farmer Bernie Thiel said, "It's kind of a humidity thing. If the humidity is down low, we can start as soon as it is good to go. If it gets near 20% to 25 % you can go regardless of what time it is."
Thiel also says it does not affect how they sell their crops, as here on the South Plains they work until it's done not simply by daylight hours.
So on Saturday night, remember to change your clock back on hour or you may find yourself running a little early on Sunday.
We have also learned change to Daylight Saving Time should affect most modern computer systems or your cell phones, as they should automatically update.
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