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USDA to survey farmers’ 2017 planting intentions

By Staff | Feb 16, 2017

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

NASS is taking a comprehensive look into the planting intentions for the upcoming 2017 growing season, as well as collecting information about grains and oilseeds stored on farms.

“Each year, the agriculture industry eagerly awaits USDA’s Prospective Plantings report, which provides USDA’s first survey-based estimates of farmers’ planting intentions for the year,” said NASS’ Upper Midwest Regional Director Greg Thessen. “The March Agricultural Survey provides the factual data that underpins these projections, making it one of the most important surveys we conduct each year.”

NASS will mail the survey in late February, asking producers to provide information about the types of crops they intend to plant in 2017, how many acres they intend to plant, and the amount of grain and oilseeds they have stored on their farms.

NASS encourages producers to respond online or by mail. Those producers who do not respond by the deadline may be contacted for a telephone or personal interview.

NASS will compile and analyze the survey information and publish the results in the annual Prospective Plantings report and quarterly Grain Stocks report, both to be released on March 31.

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

These and all NASS reports are available online at www.nass.usda.gov. For more information call the NASS Iowa field office at (800) 772-0825.

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