USDA to Survey County Small Grains Acreage


LAKEWOOD, COLORADO –The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics
Service (NASS) will survey producers in 32 states, including Arizona, Colorado, Montana, and
Wyoming, for its County Agricultural Production Survey (CAPS).

The survey will collect information on total acres planted and harvested, and total yield
and production of small grains crops down to the county level. CAPS will provide the data
needed to estimate acreage and production of selected crops in the United States.
“The data provided by producers will help federal and state programs support the
farmer,” said Bill Meyer, director of the NASS Mountain Region Field Office. “I hope every single
producer understands the importance of these data and will take the time to respond if they
receive this survey. Producers lose out when there is no data to determine accurate rates for
loans, disaster payments, crop insurance price elections and more. When enough producers do
not respond to surveys, NASS is not able to publish data. Without data, agencies such as
USDA’s Risk Management Agency or Farm Service Agency do not have information on which to
base the programs that serve those same producers”

Within the next few weeks NASS representatives will contact selected Arizona,
Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming growers to arrange in-person interviews for conducting the
survey. To safeguard all individual responses, NASS will publish only aggregate data, ensuring
the confidentiality of all individual respondents.

Survey results will be published on the NASS web site: For more
information on NASS surveys and reports, call the NASS Mountain Region Field Office at (800)

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 the Small Grains County Estimates report to be
released on December 13, 2018. These and all NASS reports are available online at For more information call the NASS Mountain Region Field
Office at (800) 392-3202.

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