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Take time to fill out agriculture survey

Missouri farmers can save time by reporting crop acreage for June online.

May 12, 2020

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LOG ON: Missouri NASS is asking farmers to fill out its June ag survey. It is as simple as going online at agcounts.usda.gov. However, people can call in their answers or mail them in. Peter Dazeley /Getty Images

While it may be a hectic time for farmers, Missouri National Agricultural Statistics Service state statistician Bob Garino is urging farmers to take time to fill out the June Agricultural Survey.

Missouri Farmers can respond to the USDA NASS survey either online, by phone or the mail. “The June Agricultural Survey is a critical survey of commodities for the 2020 growing season,” Garino says. “When growers respond to this survey, they provide essential information that helps determine the expected acreage and supply of major commodities in the United States for the 2020 crop year.”

He says results from the survey are used by farmers and ranchers, USDA, businesses, exporters, researchers, economists, policymakers and others who use the survey information in making a wide range of decisions that benefit the producer.

During the next several weeks, USDA NASS will conduct the June Agricultural Survey. The agency will contact 2,800 producers across Missouri to determine crop acreage and stock levels as of June 1. In order to fill out information on the agcounts.usda.gov site, farmers will need the 17-digit survey code found on the address label from the mailed survey.

Growers will be asked to provide information on planted and harvested acreage, including acreage for biotech crops, and grain stocks. Completing the survey online saves time by allowing farmers to skip over questions that do not apply, by calculating totals automatically, and by providing drop-down menus for common answers.

All of the responses will be kept confidential, and results will be published in aggregate form only to ensure that no operation or producer can be identified, Garino explains.

NASS will analyze the survey information and publish the results in a series of USDA reports, including the annual acreage and quarterly grain stocks reports, to be released June 30. The survey data also contribute to NASS’ monthly and annual crop production reports, the annual Small Grains Summary, and USDA’s monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates. 

These reports are available at nass.usda.gov/Publications. For more information, call the NASS Heartland Regional Field Office at 800-551-1014.

Source: USDA NASS, which is solely responsible for the information provided and is wholly owned by the source. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset.

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