Oklahoma ranchers, farmers optimistic about 2014

By: KEN MILLER Associated Press
By: KEN MILLER Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Winter storms that dumped ice and snow on Oklahoma during December have ranchers and farmers hopeful of an easing in drought conditions in the state - but each say more moisture is needed heading into 2014 to continue their current optimistic outlook for the year.

Cattle rancher Paul Schilberg in Clinton says well-timed rains in August combined with the December ice and snow have been enough to keep pastures green, but he says more rain is needed to fully refill dry ponds.

Wheat farmer David Gammill in Grandfield says the recent moisture is enough to maintain the wheat crop through February - but that spring rains will be needed to bring the crop to its full potential come harvest time in late May and early June.

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