Corwin Petzold has raised summer crops on his southwest Oklahoma farm and says he’s likely to try it again. But for now, wheat and stocker cattle make more sense than peanut, soybeans or cotton on the dryland farm he operates about equidistant from Vernon, TX, and Altus, OK.

“Cool season crops seem to do better here than warm-season,” he says. “New technology, though, is helping farmers produce better summer crops, so I’ll take a look at them again sometime.”

In the meantime, he’s concentrating on grazing stocker calves from about October through May. He plants some hay grazer and is adding a few cool-season grasses to his wheat pasture to add flexibility to his grazing operation.

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