ASB Notice

NASS Changes Frequency of In-Season Fruit and Vegetable Reporting

Issued January 25, 2012 by the Agricultural Statistics Board of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). For more information contact Lance Honig, 202-720-2127 or Sue King at (202) 690-8122.

NASS continues to review its agricultural estimates program to ensure the agency provides the most accurate, timely and useful data, while also remaining within the agency budget. As a result, NASS will make the following changes to its in-season reporting for this year:

    • Vegetables – Reduce to  one in-season report
    • Apple – Forecast in October only (Eliminate March preliminary summary and August report)
    • Apricot – Forecast in July only (Eliminate June report)
    • Cherry Production – Publish in June only (Eliminate forecast in June Crop Production)
    • Grape – Forecast in August only (Eliminate July and October reports)
    • Peach – Forecast in August only (Eliminate May, June and July reports)
    • Pear – Forecast in August only (Eliminate June report)
    • Pecan – Forecast in October only (Eliminate December report)
    • Banana Revisions in May – Eliminate
    • Guavas in May - Eliminate
    • Olives in August - Eliminate
    • Papaya Revisions in May - Eliminate
    • Prune Forecast and Revisions in June - Eliminate
    • Prunes and Plums Forecast in August - Eliminate


The current changes affect the 2012 growing season. All programs will be reevaluated in the future.  These changes affect only the in-season forecast reports. There will be no changes for the final end-of-season estimates reporting for all fruits and vegetables. For additional information, please see the 2012 Guide to Products and Services, which NASS will release on February 1.


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