July rainfall provided wheat and stocker cattle operators in the Rolling Plains of Texas and southern Oklahoma a bit more optimism than in the past four years.

 “It looks like we will have some pasture once we get our wheat crop in; at least we have some moisture to plant our wheat on,” said Stan Bevers, AgriLife Extension economist in Vernon.

Optimism gives producers a bit more to think about, however, as they plan on how to manage wheat and stocker cattle.

“What we are looking at now is, ‘Should I try to harvest for a wheat crop next spring or should I run cattle through the entire season?’” Bevers said.

The large corn crop expected also plays a role. Read more here.