During the next several weeks, USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service or NASS will conduct two major mid-year surveys, the June Agricultural Survey and the June Area Survey. The agency will survey over 5,000 operators across Iowa to determine crop acreage and supply levels for 2015.
NASS gathers the data for the June Agriculture Survey online, by mail and/or by phone. For the June Area Survey, a NASS representative will visit randomly selected tracts of land and interview the operators of any farm on that land. Growers will provide information on crop acreage, as well as grain stocks, livestock inventory, cash rents, land values, and value of sales.
"Due to the widespread impact of its results, these are two of the most significant surveys NASS conducts," explains Greg Thessen, director of the NASS Upper Midwest Regional Field Office in Des Moines, Iowa. "The information growers provide serves as the first clear sign of the prospective production and supply of major commodities in the United States for the 2015 crop year."
Information will help farmers make crop marketing decisions
By taking just a few minutes to participate, the selected farm operators can help ensure the accuracy and quality of this data so that NASS reports can eliminate speculation about potential acreage and help producers make critical decisions about marketing their crops this year. The information is also used extensively by state, local, and national leaders to address agricultural related issues that may impact producers.
As with all NASS surveys, information provided by respondents is kept strictly confidential, as required by federal law. "NASS safeguards the privacy of all responses and publishes only state- and national-level data, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified," says Thessen. "We recognize this is a hectic time for farmers, but the information they provide is essential to everyone involved in U.S. agriculture. We urge farmers to respond to these surveys and thank them for their cooperation."
Acreage Report and Quarterly Grain Stocks to be released June 30
NASS will compile and analyze the survey information and publish the results in a series of USDA reports, including the annual Acreage report and quarterly Grain Stocks report, both to be released June 30, 2015. This survey data will also contribute to NASS's monthly Crop Production reports and the USDA's World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.
All USDA crop, livestock and other survey reports are available on NASS website at www.nass.usda.gov. If you have specific questions or need more information on NASS surveys and reports, call the NASS Iowa Regional Field Office at 800-772-0825.