USDA to carry out agri­cul­tural sur­vey

More than 1,100 pro­duc­ers to be ques­tioned

The Covington News - - AGRICULTURE & OUTDOORS -

How many acres of wheat, oats or rye did farm­ers plant and har­vest this sea­son? What was the ac­tual yield of those har­vested acres? How much of th­ese com­modi­ties do they have stored on-farm?

Th­ese are just some of the crit­i­cal ques­tions the Ge­or­gia Field Of­fice of the U.S. De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture’s Na­tional Agri­cul­tural Sta­tis­tics Ser­vice will be ask­ing more than 1,100 pro­duc­ers statewide as part of the Septem­ber Agri­cul­tural Sur­vey.

“The Septem­ber Agri­cul­tural Sur­vey, also known as the Crops/ Stocks Sur­vey, is one of the most im­por­tant sur­veys con­ducted each year by NASS,” said Doug Kleweno, di­rec­tor of the NASS Ge­or­gia Field Of­fice. “This sur­vey is the ba­sis for the of­fi­cial USDA es­ti­mates of pro­duc­tion and har­vest- ed acres of all ma­jor agri­cul­tural com­modi­ties in the United States for the 2007 crop year.

Dur­ing the first two weeks of Septem­ber, NASS will con­tact se­lected Ge­or­gia pro­duc­ers by mail, tele­phone or per­sonal in­ter­views and ask them to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on their 2007 pro­duc­tion and on-farm stocks of corn, soy­beans, sorghum grain, wheat and oats. The in­for­ma­tion will be com­piled and an­a­lyzed and then pub­lished in a se­ries of USDA re­ports, in­clud­ing the an­nual Small Grains sum­mary and quar­terly Grain Stocks re­port, both to be re­leased on Sept. 28.

As will all NASS sur­veys, in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by re­spon­dents is con­fi­den­tial by 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,” said Kleweno.

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