10-31-18 USDA TO COLLECT FINAL 2018 CROP PRODUCTION AND CROP STOCKS DATA

USDA TO COLLECT FINAL 2018 CROP PRODUCTION AND CROP STOCKS DATA

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Oct. 31, 2018 – As the 2018 growing season officially comes to an end, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will contact producers nationwide to gather final year-end crop
production numbers and the amount of grain and oilseed they store on their farms. At the same time, NASS will survey grain facility operators to determine year-end grain and oilseed stocks.

“These surveys are the largest and most important year-end surveys conducted by NASS,” explained Bill Meyer, Director, Mountain Regional Field Office. “They are the basis for the official USDA estimates of production and harvested acres of all major
agricultural commodities in the United States and year-end grain and oilseed supplies. Data from these surveys will benefit farmers and processors by providing timely and accurate information to help them make critical year-end business decisions and begin
planning for the next growing and marketing season.”

The information will be compiled, analyzed and published in a series of USDA reports, including the Crop Production Annual Summary and quarterly Grain Stocks report.

“Responses to the producer survey will be included in the County Agricultural Production Survey and used in calculating county yields,” explained Meyer. “USDA uses county yield information from the survey to evaluate and administer vital farm disaster and insurance programs. Farmers who receive this survey are not included in the County Agricultural Production Survey; therefore this is their only opportunity to be included in the calculation for county yields.”

As with all NASS surveys, information provided by respondents is confidential, as required by federal law. NASS safeguards the privacy of all responses and publishes only aggregate data, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified.

These and all NASS reports are available online at www.nass.usda.gov. For more information call the NASS Mountain Regional Field Office at (800) 392-3202.