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USDA to Measure Small Grain Production

Dan Corn, Field Crops, USDA-NASS, Wheat

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Efforts are underway by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to take a comprehensive look into the 2022 production and supply of small grains, including wheat, oats, barley, and rye. A sample of producers from around the country received Agricultural Survey questionnaires from NASS.

“The small grains industry is an important part of U.S. agriculture. It is crucial for all involved to have accurate data about this key sector of the economy,” said NASS Southern Regional Director Anthony Prillaman. “We will contact close to 4,000 producers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina to accurately measure 2022 acreage, yield, and production for small grain crops. The data collected from this survey will be used along with additional information to help set small grain acreage, yield, and production estimates for 2022.”

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NASS will contact survey participants to gather information on their 2022 production and the quantities of whole grains stored on the farm. Additionally, NASS will survey commercial grain storage operations to determine estimates of grain stocks stored in any off-farm facility.

Producers are encouraged to respond online at agcounts.usda.gov. They may also return their completed surveys by mail. Producers may be contacted by a NASS representative to schedule a time to help fill out the survey.

NASS will publish state and national data in the annual Small Grains Summary and quarterly Grain Stocks reports September 30, 2022. County level data, will be available this December in NASS’s Quick Stats database at quickstats.nass.usda.gov.

All NASS reports are available at nass.usda.gov/Publications. For more information call the NASS Southern Regional Field Office at (800) 253-4419.