The Delaware Department of Agriculture is encouraging farmers to participate in the two major mid-year surveys, the June Agricultural Survey and the June Area Survey, conducted by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
NASS will survey nearly 400 farmers across Delaware to determine crop production and supply levels in 2017.
“As an $8 billion industry, agriculture plays a major role in Delaware’s economy,” said Secretary of Agriculture Michael Scuse. “The information that our farmers provide is critical to helping everyone — from fellow farmers to lawmakers to extension professionals — make decisions that will impact our industry. It is critical that NASS has the most accurate data, so I urge Delaware farmers to participate in the June surveys.”
NASS gathers the data for the June Agricultural Survey online, by mail, phone and in-person interview. For the June Area Survey, agency representatives will visit randomly selected tracts of land and interview the operators of any farm or ranch on that land. Growers provide information on crop acreage — including biotech crops — as well as grain stocks, livestock inventory, cash rents, land values and value of sales.
Due to the widespread and significant impact of its results, the June Agricultural Survey, also known as the Crops/Stocks Survey, and the June Area Survey are two of the more important and well-known surveys NASS conducts. When growers respond to these surveys, they provide information that helps the state determine the prospective production and supply of major commodities in the U.S. for the 2017 crop year. NASS safeguards the privacy of all responses and publishes only state- and national-level data, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified.
NASS will compile and analyze the survey information and publish the results in a series of USDA reports, including the annual Acreage report and quarterly Grain Stocks report, both to be released June 30. Survey data contribute to NASS’s monthly and annual Crop Production reports, as well as the annual Small Grains Summary and USDA’s monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.
Reports are available at nass.usda.gov/publications.
For information, call 800-282-8685.