September’s full moon, the Harvest Moon, has a special place in our
agricultural history. Through most of the year, the moon rises each day
about 50 minutes later than the day before. However, when the autumnal
equinox approaches, the difference in rise times drops to about 25 to
30 minutes and even farther north, the difference is 10 to 15 minutes.
As the Harvest Moon rises after sunset, it provides extra minutes of
light each evening for farmers to work longer hours harvesting their
Today, with advanced farming techniques and
electric lights, the moon is not as important to farmers as it was.
The Harvest Moon is also known as the Wine Moon, the Singing Moon, Blue Corn Moon, and the Elk Call Moon.
In some cultures, individuals whose birthdays fall on or near a harvest moon must provide a feast for the rest of the community. Wikipedia 2012