Rains Too Late to Help Crops but Could Benefit Cattle

All this rain doesn't mean a thing to most farmers, but ranchers are hoping it will help to green up some of their pastures.

A photo taken before Tuesday's and Wednesday's rains shows an area sorghum field, and the very next day, the same field was gone. It was cut down by the farmer because this year's sorghum and cotton crops are a failure across the country.

This week's rain simply came too late to help, but it could help those who run cattle and horses.

"Maybe you can grow a little grass into the summer here for the livestock," rancher Scott Frazier said. "That will be beneficial. Help the pastures recover. For the cropland, for this year's crop, it's too late."

Frazier said he and most other ranchers have had to cull their herds back to about 25-percent because of the drought. As far as the farm side of his business, crop insurance will have to cover his losses.

Those policies are paid yearly and can cost $100,000-500,000 for covering losses up to 85-percent.


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