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Term for mostly old rhyming sayings about the Weather and the consequences for agriculture, which are usually formulated as positive or negative. Predictions are made based on past experience. They have been created over centuries through close observation of natural events and have been passed on from generation to generation. The forecasts often relate to a so-called lost day. Lost days (also known as lurtage days) are fixed days in the calendar which, according to old popular belief, make it possible to make predictions about the weather conditions in the following weeks, months and, less often, also in the coming year, determine the best time for various agricultural activities (such as sowing or harvesting) and also forecast the Allow expected harvest.

Farmers' rules - if Dreikönig is bright and clear, there's good wine in the new year!

The term "lost day" is derived from "Los", an old word for "fate". When determining the lost days, one often orientated oneself on the name days or memorial days (mostly days of death) of Catholic saints. An example is St. Gallus, in which the vintage should have ended (October 16). This day was also the end of temporary work for the Weingarten guardian, The seriousness or correctness of farmers' rules has always been questioned, what is documented with sayings like "If the cock crows on the manure, the weather changes - or it stays as it is" . Statistical studies in the 1990s showed an astonishingly high degree of accuracy, taking into account the area of origin of the respective farmers' rule. If one takes into account the date shift of ten days resulting from the introduction of the Gregorian calendar in 1582, followers believe that the degree of reliability even increases.

However, the scientific explanation for the high accuracy of the lost days is provided by the large-scale weather conditions, which become apparent early on or are likely to return annually. The lost days only show statistical relationships. The weather is not based on them, there is no causal connection. The probability is between 60 and 90% for individual lost days. On the other hand, weather forecasts for the next week are only over 50%. The reason also lies in the fact that in the first case often only very general 50:50 statements (raining, not raining), in the second case, however, far more complex predictions are made. Scientifically, the peasant rules are the area of Esoteric assigned.

In viticulture there are also numerous farmers' rules or lost days. These do not necessarily have to conform to the rules for general agriculture. Because rain at the time of the harvest, for example, is undesirable for the winegrower, but can certainly be an advantage for a farmer who grows other crops. One example is the saying: “September rain - blessing the farmer, poison to the winegrower when he hits it.” It is striking that grain and wine often have a “common fate”. And now 100 winegrower rules / lost days from January to December:

  • If Dreikönig is bright and clear, there's good wine in the new year (January 6th)
  • Did he Vinzenz Flood of water, it is not good for wine (22nd January)
  • To Vincenzen Sonnenschein - brings lots of grain and wine (January 22nd)
  • There is sunshine at St. Vincent, fills the barrel with good wine (January 22)
  • On the day of Vincent, every vine must grow (January 22)
  • On Sankt Paulus Sonnenschein, brings lots of fruit and wine to the cellar (25 January)
  • Bring sunshine to Martina, hope for lots of grain and wine (January 30th)
  • If January is mild, the grapes are excellent in October (January)
  • On St. Agathe Sunshine, brings quite a lot of grain and wine (Feb 5)
  • Sankt Eulalia sunshine, brings lots of fruit and good wine (Feb. 12)
  • If it rains on Sankt Valentin, half the harvest is over (Feb. 14)
  • If it froze on St. Peter's Night, then the frost leaves us unscathed (Feb. 22)
  • March not too dry and not too wet, fills the farmer's crate and barrel (March)
  • April cold and wet, fills scouring and barrel (April 9)
  • If the vines are still blind to Georgi, the husband and child are happy (April 23)
  • To Georgi blind vines, give full grapes later (April 23)
  • If there is Markus Sonnenschein, then the winegrower has good wine (April 25)
  • March fog brings no hardship, but April fog takes wine and bread (April)
  • If you only want to bind the vine in April, you will find little wine in autumn (April)
  • April storm and downpour announce wine and golden fruit (April)
  • Cooler not wet cold May, brings good wine and lots of hay (May 6)
  • Go the Eisheiligen without frost over, farmers shout and Vintner juchhei (May 11-15)
  • Not marriage Pankratius . Servatius and Boniface over, May is not safe from the cold
  • Mamertus , Pankratius, Servatius - stand for cold and annoyance (May 11-13)
  • Pankrazi, Servazi, Bonifazi, are 3 frosty bazi, u. at the end the cold one is never missing Sophie
  • When it freezes at Sankt Pankratius, a lot is ruined in the vineyard (May 12)
  • After Servaz - there is no place for frost (May 13)
  • No summer before Bonifaz, after Sophie no frost (May 14)
  • Sophie often brought frost and made some plants dead (May 15)
  • Cold Sophie she is called because she often comes running with cold (May 15)
  • The Nepomuk the water makes us smile good spring (May 16)
  • Saint Saint Nepomuk, drive us back the water pouring (May 16)
  • Has urbane Sunshine, there is plenty and good wine (May 25th)
  • Sankt Urban bright and pure, blessing the barrels (May 25)
  • If Urban has sunshine, there is plenty and good wine , if it brings rain showers, it will be sour (May 25)
  • If there is sunshine on the first day of the day, the wine thrives according to the old saying (May 25)
  • If the sun shines on the first day of the day, the wine will be delighted, but it will rain, it will be damaged and it will be difficult to get well (May 25)
  • Pankraz and Urban without rain, bring great harvest blessings (May 25)
  • The weather that Urbanus also has during the harvest takes place (May 25)
  • If Urban does not have good weather, he will be led to the puddle (May 25)
  • Evening dew and cool in May, brings a lot of wine and brings a lot of hay (May)
  • Medardus brings no more frost that would be dangerous to the vine (June 8)
  • If it rains on St. Barnabas, the good wine in the barrel results (June 11)
  • If it rains on Barnabas, the grapes swim into the barrel (June 11)
  • Did the wine bloom on Santa Vit , he brings a nice wine year (June 15th)
  • O holy Vitus - don't rain that we don't run out of wine (June 15)
  • It can rain as far as Johanni, after which it comes at a bad time (June 24)
  • If the seven sleepers get wet, it rains a long barrel after barrel (June 27)
  • It's raining Peter and Paul - the winemaker's harvest becomes lazy (June 29)
  • On St. Paulus Sonnenschein, brings lots of fruit and wine to the cellar and barn (June 29)
  • If June brings dry glow, then the wine gets us well (June)
  • June dry more than wet, fills the barrel with good wine (June)
  • In June the north wind is good for the grain and the vine blood (June)
  • Only in the July glut, fruit and wine are also good (July)
  • July thunderstorms value winemakers and reapers (July)
  • A vine and a goat, it's never too hot in July (July)
  • What July Breaks, September Doesn't Save (July)
  • What the Dog Days pour, the grape must pay (July 23 to August 24)
  • If the next wine is to thrive, Sankt Benno must be windless (August 3)
  • Oswaldtag must be dry, otherwise grain and wine will be expensive (August 5)
  • On Laurentius , it is custom, the wood stops growing (August 10)
  • St. Lorenz comes with a hot breath - it fills the vintner's barrel and stomach (August 10)
  • If Lorenz is good and fine, it will also be the grape (August 10)
  • If grapes / fruit are to multiply, the thunderstorms must stop with Lorenz (Aug 10)
  • Mariä Himmelfahrt clear sunshine, usually brings a lot u. good wine (August 15)
  • So the weather too Bartholomew is how winter measures itself (August 24)
  • Rain at St. Bartolomä - hurts the vines bitterly (August 24)
  • Thunderstorms around Bartholomä, bring hail and snow (August 24)
  • August doesn't want to laugh at the winemaker, September can't do much more
  • If it rains in August, it rains honey and good wine (August)
  • August ripens the berry, September has the honor (August)
  • A vine and a goat never get too hot in August (August)
  • If many gold beetles run in August, the landlord does not need to baptize the wine (August)
  • If many gold beetles run in August, the landlord does not need to buy the wine (August)
  • The thicker the rain in August, the thinner the must (August)
  • The thicker the rain in August, the thicker wine and must (August)
  • August rain acts like poison when it hits the ripening grapes (August)
  • A lot of rain in August is not a blessing for wine (August)
  • September rain - seeds and vines come in handy (September 20)
  • Matthew, when he cries instead of laughing, he makes vinegar from wine (September 21)
  • Matthäuswetter bright and clear, will bring good wine next year (September 21)
  • Michaelis wine becomes sweet and fine (September 29)
  • September rain - blessing to the farmer, poison to the winegrower when he hits it (September)
  • Sankt Burkhardi Sonnenschein, pouring sugar into the wine (October 14)
  • To Theres is the Weinles (October 15th)
  • At Terese always begins - the harvest, every child knows (October 15)
  • Had to carry up to St. Gallus Butten, the wine will not please you (Oct 16)
  • On Sankt Galles, everything should be at home (October 16)
  • Must be Gallus Buttträger, it's a bad sign for the wine (October 16)
  • St. Gallus is tired of having to wear wine hips (October 16)
  • October sunshine pours sugar into the wine (October)
  • If it rains a lot in hops and grapes, it will rob wine and beer (October)
  • October is a rough wind, then warm up Sauser you quickly (October)
  • If November has a white beard, winter will be long and hard (November)
  • Bring Sankt Stephan Wind, the winemakers are not pleased (December 26)
  • St Stephan must be calm, the next wine should thrive (December 26)
  • New Year's Eve little wind and morning sun, gives much hope for wine and grain
  • New Year's Eve wind, early sunshine, does not bring good wine (New Year's Eve)
  • Wind in Saint New Year's night, never brought wine and grain (New Year's Eve)

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