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November 17, 2012

NASS preparing to start crop production survey

Woodward, Okla. — As the 2012 growing season ends, the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will be contacting producers to gather final year-end production numbers.

The information is collected to help shape the content of future USDA programs, officials said.

Those who receive the surveys by mail, or who are interviewed in person or by telephone, are selected from a database comprised of Oklahoma producers, said Wilbert Hundl Jr., director of the Oklahoma NASS field office.

"Those chosen to be contacted depend on the products they produce - row crops, hay, wheat seedings or on-farm stocks," he said.

Programs the confidential survey assists include disaster relief and insurance operations.

"This is something we do every year," Hundl said. "Interviewing for the survey, or filling it out in writing, takes about 15 minutes.

"We hope producers realize the importance of the information gathered and take the time to participate in the survey."

Producers will be asked to provide information on their 2012 row crops, hay production, wheat seeding results and on-farm stocks, he said.

"This information will be compiled, analyzed and then published in several USDA reports," Hundl said. "Those reports include the quarterly Grain Stocks Report and the Crop Production Annual Summary, both of which will be released on Jan. 11,  2013."

Farmers will begin being contacted during the first 2 weeks of December.

Along with that, Hundl said the 2012 Census of Agriculture will begin being mailed out for producer completion during the last 2 weeks of December. The document is prepared every 5 years.

"This survey takes a broad picture of the structure of agriculture," he said. "The results will help USDA develop programs for industry, or they can identify a certain demographic the agency may want to serve."

For more information, producers can call the NASS Oklahoma Field Office for more information, toll-free, at (888) 525-9226.

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