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Crop Sequence Boundaries

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The Crop Sequence Boundaries developed with USDA's Economic Research Service, produces estimates of field boundaries, crop acreage, and crop rotations across the contiguous United States. It uses satellite imagery with other public data and is open source allowing users to conduct area and statistical analysis of planted U.S. commodities and provides insight on farmer cropping decisions.

NASS needed a representative field to predict crop planting based on common crop rotations such as corn-soy and ERS is using this product to study changes in farm management practices like tillage or cover cropping over time.

CSB represents non-confidential single crop field boundaries over a set time frame. It does not contain personal identifying information. The boundaries captured are of crops grown only, not ownership boundaries or tax parcels (unit of property). The data are from satellite imagery and publicly available data, it does not come from producers or agencies like the Farm Service Agency.


Notes:
  • The planned release date for the 2016-2023 CSB is April 2024.
  • Concurrent with the 2023 release, all historic CSB data will be re-released to reflect updates in methodology (more technical details to follow).
Publications:
Datasets:

Eight-year time frames from 2008 to present.

  • Download the Crop Sequence Boundaries (CSB) 2023 dataset (April 2024)
  • Download the Crop Sequence Boundaries (CSB) 2022 dataset
  • Download the Crop Sequence Boundaries (CSB) 2021 dataset
  • Download the Crop Sequence Boundaries (CSB) 2020 dataset
  • Download the Crop Sequence Boundaries (CSB) 2019 dataset
  • Download the Crop Sequence Boundaries (CSB) 2018 dataset
  • Download the Crop Sequence Boundaries (CSB) 2017 dataset
  • Download the Crop Sequence Boundaries (CSB) 2016 dataset
  • Download the Crop Sequence Boundaries (CSB) 2015 dataset
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Contact: sm.nass.rdd.gib@usda.gov for additional support.

Last Modified: 02/15/2024