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USDA to collect final 2016 crop production, grain stocks data

By Staff | Nov 16, 2016

DES MOINES (USDA-NASS) – During the first two weeks of December, farmers in Iowa will receive the Dec. 1 Agricultural Survey from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

NASS is taking a comprehensive look into the 2016 production and supply of row crops and hay, which include corn, soybeans, hay and forage crops, as well as collecting information about grains and oilseeds stored on farms.

“The information provided by this survey will be critical to farmers, analysts, and others to assess supply and demand, develop marketing strategies, promote exports, and educate consumers,” said Greg Thessen, director of the NASS Upper Midwest regional field office. “The data collected from this survey 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 program.”

As an alternative to mailing the survey back and to help save both time and money, the 3,000 Iowa 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 in the Crop Production Annual Summary and the quarterly Grain Stocks reports, both to be released on January 12, 2017. These and all NASS reports are available online at www.nass.usda.gov.

For more information contact the NASS Iowa field office at (800) 772-0825.

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