USDA NASS Georgia Field Office
February - April 2014 Data Collection Activities:
Crop Progress: The Crop Progress report is published weekly during the growing season based on information provided by Georgia’s County Extension Agents. The report lists plantings, selected development stages for peanuts and cotton, harvest progress, and overall condition of major crops in Georgia. Data are published at the State and national level from April through November. The first 2014 release date will be April 7.
ARMS III: The annual Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS) Phase III will be conducted in Georgia and across the Nation beginning late December until mid-April. A portion of the producers selected for the survey will receive a questionnaire in the mail in the late December to early January timeframe. The remaining producers selected for the survey will receive a visit from field interviewer during the late January to April timeframe. Producers will report 2013 farm operating expenses and returns, production practices, and the economic state of farm households. In Georgia, slightly over 1,600 producers will be asked to provide economic data and be the voice of the State's agricultural growers. The release date for Farm Production Expenditures will be August 1, 2014.
March Prospective Plantings: The Georgia Field Office of USDA NASS will be asking by mail, phone, and personal interview more than 1,500 Georgia growers in late February of their intentions for planting crops in 2014. This is an important survey that provides the first official estimates of U.S. farmers' planting intentions for 2014. The Prospective Plantings and Quarterly Grain Stocks reports will be released on March 31, 2014.
March Hogs: Data collection will occur by mail and personal interviews for Georgia hog producers beginning in late February. The survey will collect hog inventories as of March 1. Results will be published in the Hogs and Pigs report on March 28, 2014.
Off Farm Grain Stocks: Questionnaires will be mailed on February 21 and called from the Georgia Field Office, March 10-11. Results will be published in the Grain Stocks report on March 31, 2014.
Agricultural Yield: Data collection for the May Ag Yield will begin April 28 and end May 5 Crop Production report on May 9, 2014.
April Milk: Dairy producers will be contacted late March through early April for April 1, 2014 production. Published data will be available in the Milk Production release on April 21, 2014.
Farm Labor: Data collection begins in late April for number of hired workers, hours worked, and wage rates for January and April 2014. Regional and national data will be published in Farm Labor on May 22, 2014.
Cash Rents: NASS collects cash rents data as directed by the last Farm Bill for use by the Farm Service Agency in program administration. Inquiries are mailed to producers on March 17 and data collection ends on June 27. U.S., regional and state results are available online only on August 1, 2014.
Vegetables: Our data collection center will phone respondents from January 25th through February 8th. Results will be published in the Vegetable report on March 27, 2014.
Onion Inquiry: Questionnaires were mailed to Georgia growers January 2nd to gather data for the onion estimate. Results of the survey will be released in the Vegetables report on March 27, 2014.
Strawberry Inquiry: Questionnaires were mailed to Florida growers January 2nd to gather data for the onion estimate. Results of the survey will be released in the Vegetables report on March 27, 2014.
Commercial Floriculture Survey: Florida and South Carolina will be conducting the Commercial Floriculture Survey. Data collection will occur by mail, phone and some personal visits from February 18th until April 11, 2014. Results will be released on June 19, 2014.
Census of Aquaculture: The initial mail-out took place on December 30, 2013. Second mail-out took place on January 21, 2014. Field data collection for Catfish and Trout records in Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama is from January 16th and January 31, 2014. Field data collection for Florida is from January 31 to March 28, 2014. The publication will be available sometime in October 2014. Additional information is available at the web address www.agcensus.usda.gov.
FRIS: The initial mail out of the Farm and Ranch Irrigation Survey (FRIS) will take place January 12. The FRIS is known as a “follow-on” survey stemming from the Census of Agriculture. The FRIS is an integral part of the census of agriculture and is conducted every five years. The primary purpose of the FRIS is to provide a wide range of irrigation information covering water usage, irrigation practices, irrigation by type, irrigation by crop, expenses, sources of information, purchase of energy for pumping water by power source, and use of recycled or reclaimed water. The publication will be available sometime in October 2014 Additional information is available at the web address www.agcensus.usda.gov.
Contact our office at (800) 253.4419 with any questions or comments.
Jim Ewing Regional Director
USDA NASS Southern Region Field Office