Oklahoma Farmers Encouraged to Complete USDA-NASS June Acreage and Grain Stocks SurveyWed, 07 Jun 2017 10:31:13 CDT
Representatives of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) began knocking on doors and making phone calls to approximately 3,500 agricultural-related operations in Oklahoma beginning the last week in May, seeking producer input for crop acreage, on-farm grain storage and livestock inventories.
These data will all be combined to produce the June Acreage report and the June Grain Stocks report, both issued on June 30th for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Acreage report will provide an update to the Prospective Plantings Report that was issued on March 31, 2017.
USDA-NASS uses two components in this data collection effort; one is a complete enumeration of 337 land segments across the State where field boundaries are defined by information provided by producers; those land uses are recorded for each field boundary so that every acre within the land segment is accounted in the total segment.
The conjunctive part of the project is the “list” portion of the survey, where a sample of producers are contacted during this same time period, and asked identical questions, but on a whole-farm basis instead of a field level. When put together, this producer reported data provide the indications that allow USDA-NASS to prepare State-level estimates, and in turn become part of the national estimates.
“We realize this is an extremely busy time of year for agriculture, so we try to provide several options for producers responding and thank those producers that have already completed their survey”, said Troy Marshall, Oklahoma State Statistician. “Our data collection period will close on June 13, so producers busy with wheat harvest, or other events can still call our Regional Field Office if they missed one of our enumerator appointments.”
So why is it important to participate in the NASS surveys? Unlike USDA-FSA acreage sign-up requirements that occur with annual deadlines for certification purposes, the USDA-NASS reports provide an ongoing assessment of agriculture activity that can be impacted by growing season abnormalities, weather phenomenon, and ever-shifting global market conditions. These Official estimates provide the agriculture industry as a whole, a source of timely and accurate information that is available to everyone, simultaneously.
This and all NASS reports are available online at www.nass.usda.gov/Publications. For more information or to report for your operation, call the NASS Southern Plains Regional Field Office at (800) 626-3142.
Source - USDA/NASS
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