During the first two weeks of September, growers of small grains around the country will receive survey forms from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). The agency is taking a comprehensive look at the 2017 production and supply of small grains, which include wheat, oats, barley, and rye.
“The small grains industry is important to California agriculture and it is crucial for us to have accurate data about this key sector of the economy,” said NASS Pacific Regional Director, Chris Messer. NASS will contact more than 1,600 producers in California to accurately measure 2017 acreage, yield, and production for small grains. The data collected from this survey will also help set small grain acreage and production estimates at the county level. Messer added, “Farm programs, vital to farmers in good times and bad, rely on NASS estimates based on information that comes directly from the farmer. The data are used for disaster payments, crop insurance, and loan programs. Moreover, local agri-businesses use it for planning, and farmers can use the data to make future marketing and planting decisions at both the national and local level.”
NASS will contact California survey participants to gather information on their 2017 production and the quantities of wheat, barley, and oats stored on the farm. As an alternative to mailing the survey back and to help save both time and money, growers will have the option to respond to the survey securely online. Farmers who have not responded by September 14 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 only 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 on September 29. These and all NASS reports are available online at www.nass.usda.gov. For more information call the NASS Pacific Regional Office at 1-800-851-1127.