Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association

USDA to Survey Row Crop Acreage and Production

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will survey producers for its County Agricultural Production Survey (CAPS) and December 1, 2019 Agricultural Survey. The surveys will collect information on total acres planted and harvested, and total yield and production of row crops, as well as collecting information about grains and oilseeds stored on farms.

“The data provided by producers will help federal and state programs provide support to farmers across the country,” said Greg Bussler, Wisconsin State Statistician, “We hope every producer understands the importance of these data and will take the time to respond if they receive this survey.

Producers benefit when there are data available to help determine accurate loan rates, disaster payments, crop insurance price elections, and more. When enough producers respond to surveys, NASS is able to publish data. Without data, agencies such as USDA’s Risk Management Agency or Farm Service Agency may not have information on which to base the programs that serve those same producers.”

Within the next few weeks NASS representatives will contact selected Wisconsin growers to arrange telephone or in-person interviews to complete the surveys. NASS safeguards the privacy of all respondents and publishes only aggregate data, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified as required by federal law.

State- and national-level results from the December 1, 2019 Agricultural Survey will be published in the Crop Production Annual Summary and the quarterly Grain Stocks report, both to be released Friday, January 10, 2020. County-level results for corn and soybeans will be published on the NASS Quick Stats database (https://quickstats.nass.usda.gov/) at 2:00 pm CT on Thursday, February 20, 2020.

For more information on NASS surveys and reports, call the NASS Wisconsin Field Office at 608-224-4848.

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