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USDA to Collect Final Crop Production and Crop Stocks Data
New York Ag Connection - 11/09/2017

As the 2017 growing season officially comes to an end, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will contact producers nationwide to gather final yearend crop production numbers and the amount of grain and oilseed they store on their farms. At the same time, NASS will survey grain facility operators to determine year-end grain and oilseed stocks.

"These surveys are the largest and most important year-end surveys conducted by NASS," said King Whetstone, director for USDA's NASS Northeastern Region. "They are the basis for the official USDA estimates of production and harvested acres of all major agricultural commodities in the United States and year-end grain and oilseed supplies. Data from these surveys will benefit farmers and processors by providing timely and accurate information to help them make critical year-end business decisions and begin planning for the next growing and marketing season."

The information will be compiled, analyzed, and published in a series of USDA reports, including the Crop Production Annual Summary and quarterly Grain Stocks report to be released January 12, 2018.

"Responses to the producer survey will be included in the County Agricultural Production Survey and used in calculating county yields," explained Whetstone. "USDA uses county yield information from the survey to evaluate and administer vital farm disaster mitigation and insurance programs, such as Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC). Farmers who receive this survey are not included in the County Agricultural Production Survey, therefore this is their only opportunity to be included in the calculation of Northeastern States county yields."

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. For more information call the NASS Northeastern Regional Field Office at (800)-498-1518.

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