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NASS Announces Changes to the March Prospective Plantings and Grain Stocks Reports
WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2005 - USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will soon be surveying the Nation's farmers and ranchers to ask about their planting intentions and grain stock inventories. The results of this survey will be published in the Prospective Plantings and Grain Stocks reports released on March 31, 2005.
The following changes will be included in these reports:
- A series of questions has been added to the 2005 survey in response to the discovery of Asian soybean rust in the continental United States. The results will be published in the Prospective Plantings report and will measure producer awareness of the disease and whether its discovery impacted their soybean planting intentions for the 2005 crop year.
- Intended flaxseed planted acreage will be included in the Prospective Plantings report for Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.
- Expected harvested area for oats will no longer be included in the Prospective Plantings report.
- Corn, soybean and cotton acreage intended to be planted to varieties enhanced through biotechnology will no longer be included in the Prospective Plantings report. Estimates will continue to be published in the June Acreage report scheduled to be released June 30, 2005.
- March 1 on-farm and off-farm stocks of sunflower seed by variety will be published in the Grain Stocks report for the first time.