Released: August 2013
For more information contact: Jodie Sprague or Eric Sommer at 1-800-835-2612.


From Mid-September through October, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will survey the growers of small grains.  The results of this survey will provide a look at county production of small grains (wheat, barley, oats) for Montana in 2013.

“As part of the Small Grain County Agricultural Production Survey, we will contact more than 2,700 producers in Montana,” said NASS Montana State Statistician Eric Sommer. “The results of this survey will be combined with those from our September 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 Sommer.  “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 Small Grains summary and the quarterly Grain Stocks report, both to be released on September 30. These and all NASS reports are available online at For more information call the NASS Montana Field Office at 1-800-835-2612.