The USDA National Ag Statistics Service plans to contact farmers and ranchers during the first two weeks of June to gather information about crop production, supplies of grain in storage, agricultural acreage and hog inventory.
Some producers will either be interviewed by a USDA employee or will receive a survey form to complete online or return in the mail. If farmers or ranchers do not respond, a telephone survey will be necessary.
"Cool and wet soil conditions continue to impede planting progress and delay spring field work in some parts of the country while others are still dealing with the impact from last year's drought," explained Bob Bass, director of NASS's National Operations Center.
Bass said the survey responses will help ease uncertainty about how spring is shaping up and ensure that decisions affecting producers and their operations are based on the facts, "straight from the source," he said.
"The information from these surveys contributes to a stable economic climate, helps producers make marketing decisions, and reduces risk. It is critical for market information to be distributed widely in all levels of farming to ensure all participants are equally informed," Bass added. "This assures a competitive market structure far superior to one where no one or only a few are informed."
The information collected in the June surveys is kept strictly confidential, NASS said. For more information about these surveys, visit www.nass.usda.gov/Surveys.