With the 2019 growing season about to come to an end, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) wants producers to know it will soon start gathering final year-end crop production numbers and the amount of grain and oilseeds stored on farm. Plus, NASS will also survey grain facility operators to determine year-end grain and oilseed stocks.
In a release, NASS Southern Regional Director Anthony Prillaman said, “These surveys are the basis for the official USDA estimates of production and harvested acres of all major agricultural commodities in the United States and year-end grain and oilseed supplies. Data from the survey will benefit farmers and processors by providing timely and accurate information to help make critical year-end business decisions and begin planning for the next growing and marketing season.”
After analyzing all of the survey information, NASS will publish the results in a series of USDA reports, including the Crop Production Annual Summary and quarterly Grain Stocks Reports. Both of those will be released Jan. 10, 2020.
Prillaman said, “Responses to the producer survey will also be included in the County Agricultural Production Survey and used in calculating county yields.”
Like all NASS surveys, information provided will be kept confidential, as required by federal law. NASS safeguards the privacy of all responses and publishes only aggregate data, ensuring no individual operation or producer can be identified. All NASS reports are available online at nass.usda.gov/Publications.