Released: November 2012
For more information contact: Jodie Sprague or Steve Anderson on at 1-800-835-2612.


From Mid-November through January, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will survey the growers of row crops. The results of this survey will provide a look at county production of row crops (peas, beans, oilseeds, hay) for Montana in 2012.

“As part of the Row Crop County Agricultural Production Survey, we will contact nearly 3,700 producers in Montana,” said NASS Montana Field Office Director Steve Anderson. “The results of this survey will be combined with those from our December Agricultural Survey to provide the basis for official USDA estimates on county production.”

There are many uses for county estimates such as determining crop insurance premiums and payments. Farm programs have created the need for official USDA county estimates. “I hope all respondents will choose to participate given the varied precipitation numbers we have seen across the State” added Anderson. “We need the best source, the producers, to give us that clear indication of how varying moisture and heat has affected crop production”.

As with all NASS surveys, information provided by respondents is confidential by law. NASS safeguards the privacy of all responses and publishes only state- and national-level data, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified.

Survey results will be published in several reports, including the annual Annual Crop Production summary and the quarterly Grain Stocks report, both to be released on January 12. These and all NASS reports are available online at For more information call the NASS Montana Field Office at 1-800-835-2612.