The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 9, 2013

Ag survey seeks data on planting


Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Okla. — What are the top crops going to be for the 2013 growing season?

The March Agricultural Survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statis-tics Service (NASS) will survey 82,000 U.S. farmers in March to determine their plans for the upcoming growing season.

“Each year, the agriculture industry eagerly awaits USDA’s Prospective Plant-ings report, which provides the first survey-based estimates of U.S. farmers’ planting intentions for the year,” said Wilbert Hundl, director of the NASS Oklahoma Field Office. “The March Agricul-tural Survey provides the factual data that underpins these projections, making it one of the most important surveys we conduct each year.”

NASS will mail the survey questionnaire in late February, asking producers to provide information about the types of crops they intend to plant in 2013, how many acres they intend to plant and the amounts of grain and oilseed they store on their farms.

NASS encourages producers to respond via the Internet but also welcomes mail or fax responses and offers the opportunity for a telephone or personal interview to those producers who did not respond by the deadline.

NASS will compile and analyze the survey information and publish the results the annual Prospective Plantings report and quarterly Grain Stocks report, both to be released on March 28.

As with all NASS surveys, information provided by respondents is confidential by law.

All reports are available on the NASS web site: www.nass.usda.gov. For in-formation on NASS surveys and reports, call the NASS Oklahoma Field Office at (888) 525-9226.