USDA preparing to collect 2012 final crop inventories

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“Responses to this survey will be included in the county agricultural production survey and used in calculating county yields. These county yields are used by the USDA to evaluate and administer vital farm disaster and insurance programs.”

Bill Meyer, director of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Colorado Field Office, about the 2012 crop inventory survey.

The United States Department of Agriculture is preparing to collect final nationwide crop inventories.

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will be conducting the survey, which serves as the basis for USDA estimates of production and harvested acres for all major agricultural commodities in the U.S., according to a USDA news release.

Select producers in Colorado can expect to be contacted by NASS during the first two weeks of December.

“Following a second growing season with unprecedented weather-related challenges in many parts of the country, farm and ranch operators can help ensure the data are complete and accurate by participating in this survey,” said Bill Meyer, director of the NASS Colorado Field Office, in the release. “We hope they realize the importance of this information and take the time to fill out the survey.”

The NASS survey in Colorado will focus on 2012 production data of corn, sorghum, potatoes, dry edible beans, millet, sunflowers, safflower, canola, hay and wheat seedings, the release states.

The information will be compiled, analyzed and then published in a series of USDA reports, including the annual “Crop Production Annual Summary” and the quarterly “Grain Stocks” report, both published in January 2013.

“Responses to this survey will be included in the county agricultural production survey and used in calculating county yields,” Meyer said in the release. “These county yields are used by the USDA to evaluate and administer vital farm disaster and insurance programs.”

As with all NASS surveys information provided by respondents is confidential by law, the release states.

NASS reports are available on the agency’s web site.

For more information about NASS surveys, call the Colorado Field Office at 800-392-3202.

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