The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service is gathering information about farm economics and production practices from cotton, sorghum and wheat producers across Missouri as part of the 2019 Agricultural Resource Management Survey.
“ARMS is a vital survey that tracks how Missouri farms use technology to manage production of their major field crops,” says Robert Garino, NASS Missouri state statistician. “The survey helps policymaker and farm groups understand the factors driving costs of production and returns from crop production.”
NASS enumerators will conduct the survey in person. Garino recommend farmers have their fertilizer and pesticide spray records available to speed up the survey process.
This year, NASS is reaching out to more than 2,000 cotton producers, 1,000 sorghum producers and 3,000 wheat producers across the country. The Missouri sample includes 150 wheat growers, 100 cotton growers and 100 sorghum growers.
The ARMS survey is conducted in three phases from May 2019 through April 2020. The first phase screened participants to make sure they had the commodity of interest and would accurately represent the entire U.S. farm sector.
In the second phase, which is underway, NASS will collect information on production practices and chemical use for specific commodities. In the final phase, NASS will survey producers on cost of production, farm income and production expenditures.
Data provided by farmers is confidential and protected by law. NASS further safeguards the privacy of all respondents by publishing only aggregate data, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified.