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May 21, 2007

USDA to Measure Planted Crop Acreage

Columbia, MO - How many acres of Missouri's major crops did farmers plant this growing season? What percentage of those acres were planted to biotech varieties? Will actual planted acreage be above or below farmers' reported planting intentions? How has the extreme weather conditions affected the acreage makeup? These are just a few of the critical questions the Missouri Field Office of the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will be asking more than 2,700 producers statewide as part of the June Agricultural Survey.

"This survey is one of the most important surveys conducted each year by NASS," explained Gene Danekas, director of the NASS Missouri Field Office. "It will provide the first clear indication of the actual planted acreages and potential production levels in the United States for the 2007 crop year.

"Data from the June Agricultural Survey benefit farmers by providing timely and accurate information to help them make critical business decisions. When evaluating selling and storage options, this survey will be an important source of information for producers," added Danekas.

Beginning the end of May, NASS will contact selected Missouri producers by mail or telephone and ask them to provide information on the total number of acres planted and acres planted to specific commodities, including corn, soybeans, sorghum, rice, and cotton. NASS will also collect data on quantities of grains and oilseeds stored on-farm. The information will be compiled and analyzed and then published in a series of USDA reports, including the annual Acreage report and quarterly Grain Stocks report, both to be released on June 29.

As with all NASS surveys, information provided by respondents is confidential by law. "NASS safeguards the confidentiality of all responses and publishes only state- and national-level data, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified," stated Danekas. All reports are available in the Press Releases section. For more information on NASS surveys and reports, call the NASS Missouri Field Office at (800) 551-1014.