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Minnesota farmers to hear soon from federal ag statistics researchers

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Farmers will soon be hearing from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, which will survey producers in 32 states, including Minnesota.

The agency said it will be gathering data for its 2022 County Agricultural Production Survey and its Sept. 1 Agricultural Survey, especially small grains, including spring wheat, oats, barley, and rye.

NASS seeks information about 2022 production and the quantities of commodities stored on the farm, as well as total acres planted and harvested, and yield and production of small grains crops down to the county level.

“The data provided will help federal and state programs support the farmer,” said Dan Lofthus, Minnesota State Statistician. “I hope every producer understands the importance of these data and will take the time to respond if they receive this survey."

Data determine accurate rates for loans, disaster payments, and crop insurance price elections, among other agricultural supports.

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Farmers may respond online at agcounts.usda.gov or by mail. Producers who have not responded by Tuesday, Aug. 30, may be contacted by the agency. The agency said the data does not identify individual farmers.

Results will be published in the annual Small Grains Summary and quarterly Grain Stocks reports Friday, Sept. 30 on nass.usda.gov. County-level survey results will be available at quickstats.nass.usda.gov on Thursday, Dec. 15.

For more information, call the agency's Upper Midwest Regional Field Office at 800-772-0825.

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