December Crop Survey
Released: November 15, 2012
For more information contact: Jodie Sprague or Eric Sommer at 1-800-835-2612.
The USDAs National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will contact producers nationwide asking them to respond to a very important end of year survey. The December Agricultural Survey is the basis for the official USDA estimates of production and harvested acres of all major agricultural commodities in the United States.

"Following a growing season with unprecedented weather-related challenges in many parts of the country, farm and ranch operators can help ensure the data are complete and accurate by participating in this survey," explained Steve Anderson, director of the NASS Montana Field Office. "We hope they realize the importance of this information and take the time to fill out the survey."

"Responses to this survey will be included in the County Agricultural Production Survey and used in calculating county yields," explained Steve Anderson, director of the NASS Montana Field Office. "These county yields are used by the USDA to evaluate and administer vital farm disaster and insurance programs. Farmers who receive this survey are not included in the County Agricultural Production Survey; therefore this is their only opportunity to be included in the calculation of Montana county yields."

During the first two weeks of December, NASS will contact selected Montana producers by mail or telephone and ask them to provide information on their 2012 production and on-farm stocks of wheat, barley, oats, dry edible peas, and lentils to name a few. The information will be compiled, analyzed and then published in a series of USDA reports, including the annual Crop Production Annual Summary and quarterly Grain Stocks report, both to be released on January 12, 2013.

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 Anderson.

All reports are available on the NASS website: For more information on NASS surveys and reports, call the NASS Montana Field Office 1-800-835-2612.