Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Michael Scuse is reminding farmers to complete the small grain production survey that has been sent out to nearly 300 producers by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

The agency is taking a comprehensive look into the 2017 production and supply of small grains, which include wheat, oats, barley and rye.

“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,” Scuse said. “It is critical that NASS has the most accurate data, so for Delaware farmers that have not yet completed the September Surveys, I urge you to participate.”

NASS will contact Delaware survey participants to gather information on their 2017 production and the quantities of corn, soybeans, barley and wheat stored on farm. As an alternative to mailing the survey back and to help save time and money, growers will have the option to respond to the survey securely online. Farmers who have not responded may receive a phone call from a NASS representative who will help them fill out the survey form.

NASS safeguards the privacy of all respondents and publishes aggregate data, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified.

Survey results will be published in several reports, including the annual small grains summary and the quarterly grain stocks report, both to be released Sept. 29. These and all NASS reports are available at nass.usda.gov.

For more, call 675-0295.