Late season county agricultural production survey

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Sioux Falls – Many South Dakota producers will soon have the opportunity to assure their county is accurately represented in the determination of row crop and hay county level acreage, yield, and production estimates for 2016. The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will begin contacting producers by mail.

“County-level yields have a direct impact on farmers around the State. USDA’s Farm Service Agency uses the data in administering producer programs such as the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) included in the 2014 Farm Bill, and in determining disaster assistance program calculations,” said Erik Gerlach, South Dakota State Statistician. “County-level data for corn, sorghum, soybeans, and sunflowers will be published in February 2017 and hay in April 2017. However, NASS cannot publish a county yield unless it receives enough reports from producers in that county to make a statistically defensible estimate. In 2015, we were unable to publish several large producing counties because we lacked a sufficient number of responses.”

“As required by federal law, all responses are completely confidential,” Gerlach continued. “We safeguard the privacy of all respondents, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified. Individual responses are also exempt from the Freedom of Information Act.”

For more information call the NASS South Dakota Field Office at 800-582-6443.