Everything happens for a reason, it seems. Good . . . Bad . . . Or a mixture of both. Since there is good and bad in all things/people, we can just about expect to see "a mix" of possible outcomes/reactions.
The farmer showed wisdom in responding, "maybe". The farmer is essentially saying, "God is God and I am not." (May His will be done.)
The person making a prediction of good and/or bad, "plays god". (Here's how my will was done.)