USDA seeks Nebraska grower feedback on crops
During the next several weeks, U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct two major mid-year surveys, the June Agricultural Survey and the June Area Survey.
The agency will survey nearly 4,700 operators across Nebraska to determine crop production and supplies levels in 2017.
"Due to the widespread and significant impact of its results, the June Agricultural Survey and the June Area Survey are two of the most important and well-known surveys NASS conducts," explained Dean Groskurth, director of the NASS Northern Plains Regional Field Office.
"When growers respond to these surveys, they provide essential information that helps us determine the prospective production and supply of major commodities in the United States for the 2017 crop year. The results are necessary for everyone who relies on agriculture for their livelihoods."
NASS gathers the data for the June Agricultural Survey online, by mail, phone, and inperson interview.
For the June Area Survey, agency representatives visit randomly selected tracts of land and interview the operators of any farm or ranch on that land. Growers provide information on crop acreage, grain stocks, livestock inventory, cash rents, land values, and value of sales.
NASS will compile and analyze the survey information and publish the results in a series of USDA reports, including the annual Acreage report and quarterly Grain Stocks report, both to be released June 30.
Survey data contribute to NASS's monthly and annual Crop Production reports, as well as the annual Small Grains Summary and USDA's monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.
"NASS safeguards the privacy of all responses and only publishes data at the state and national levels, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified," stated Groskurth. "We recognize this is a hectic time for farmers and ranchers, but the information they provide helps U.S. agriculture remain viable and capable. I urge them to respond to these surveys and thank them for their cooperation."
For more information on NASS surveys and reports, call the NASS Northern Plains Regional Field Office at (800) 582-6443.