During the first two weeks of September, growers of small grains around the country will receive survey forms from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). The agency is taking a comprehensive look into the 2018 production and supply of small grains, which include wheat, oats, barley, and rye.
"The small grains industry is an important part of agriculture and it is crucial for all involved with the agriculture sector to have accurate data about this key sector of the economy," said Bill Meyer, director of the NASS Mountain Regional Office. "We will contact more than 6,000 producers in the Mountain Region to accurately measure 2018 acreage, yield, and production for small grain crops. The data collected from this survey will also help set small grain acreage, yield, and production estimates at the county level, to be published in December 2018."
NASS will contact survey participants to gather information on their 2018 production and the quantities of commodities stored on farm. As an alternative to mailing the survey back, and to help save both time and money, growers will have the option to securely respond to the survey online. Farmers who have not responded by August 30 may receive a phone call or visit from a NASS representative who will help them fill out the survey form.
"NASS safeguards the privacy of all respondents and publishes only county-, state- and national-level data, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified," stated Bill Meyer, director of the NASS Mountain Regional Office. "We recognize that this is a hectic time for farmers and ranchers, but the information they provide helps U.S. agriculture remain viable and capable. I urge them to respond to these surveys and thank them for their time and cooperation," said Meyer.
NASS will analyze the survey information and publish the results in a series of USDA reports, including the annual Small Grains Summary and quarterly Grain Stocks reports, both to be released September 28, 2018. Survey data also contribute to NASS's monthly and annual Crop Production reports, and the USDA's World Agricultural Outlook Board's monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE).