USDA to collect final 2016 crop production and grain stocks data

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St. Paul, Minn. – During the first two weeks of December, farmers will receive either the December Agricultural Survey or County Agricultural Survey from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). NASS is taking a comprehensive look into the 2016 production and supply of row crops and hay, which include corn, soybeans, potatoes, dry beans, and hay and forage crops. This project will also collect information about grains and oilseeds stored on farms.

“The information provided by these surveys will be critical to farmers, analysts, and others to assess supply and demand, develop marketing strategies, promote exports, and educate consumers,” said NASS Minnesota State Statistician Dan Lofthus. “The data collected from these surveys will also help set corn and soybean acreage and production estimates at the county level that will be used by the Farm Service Agency to determine 2016 farm program payments for producers enrolled in Agricultural Risk Coverage – County (ARC-CO) program.”

As an alternative to mailing the survey back and to help save both time and money, the 14,000 Minnesota farmers selected to participate will have the option to respond to the survey securely online. Farmers who have not responded will be contacted by a NASS representative who will collect the data.

As with all NASS surveys, information provided by respondents is confidential by law. NASS safeguards the privacy of all respondents and publishes only aggregate data, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified.

Survey results will be published starting with the Crop Production Annual Summary and the quarterly Grain Stocks reports, both to be released on January 12, 2017. Corn and soybean county estimates will be released in late February 2017. County level alfalfa and other hay estimates will be released in April 2017. These and all NASS reports are available online at www.nass.usda.gov. For more information call the NASS Minnesota Field Office at 651-728-3113.