Farmers are being asked to complete two midyear surveys being conducted in June by a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help those in the industry have a better picture of what crops are being planted and by how much.
In the coming month, the National Agricultural Statistics Service will ask farmers to respond to the Agricultural Survey and the Area Survey. In Virginia, NASS will survey 2,000 farms to determine crop production and supplies levels in 2019.
Mike Wallace, assistant director of communications with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, said the surveys aim to detail crop production and yield on the nation’s farms.
“It also will give the USDA an idea of what is being planted and where it is being planted,” Wallace said. “The Area Survey is designed to account for every acre of land … quantities of grain for each state.”
The surveys are important to anyone who relies on agriculture for their livelihoods, according to state statistician Herman Ellison.
“These are two of the most important and well-known surveys NASS conducts,” Ellison said in a release from the VDACS announcing the surveys. “When growers respond, they provide essential information that helps determine the prospective production and supply of major commodities in the United States for 2019.”
NASS gathers the data online, by mail, phone and in-person interview. Growers provide information on crop acreage, grain stocks, livestock inventory, cash rents, land values and value of sales.
The service will compile and analyze the survey information and publish the results in a series of USDA reports, including the annual Acreage and quarterly Grain Stocks reports, both of which are scheduled to be released June 28.
Ellison said that although this is a hectic time for farmers busy planting crops, 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 cooperation.”
All reports are available on the NASS website: www.nass.usda.gov/Publications.
For more information about Virginia surveys and reports, call the NASS Virginia Field Office at 800-772-0670.