CroplandCROS, CropScape, and Cropland Data Layer

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Announcement1: The new CroplandCROS web app

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2021 – USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service and Agricultural Research Service have announced enhancements to the CropScape web app, allowing users to more easily conduct area and statistical analysis of planted U.S. commodities. Now known as CroplandCROS (, the geospatial data product hosts the Cropland Data Layer (CDL). The app allows users to geolocate farms and map areas of interest. To aid users, the app features a user guide and instructional videos.

Announcement2: The 2020 CDL was released Feb 1, 2021.

Announcement3: Please visit/bookmark the CropScape portal at to visualize, interact, and download the CDL.

Announcement4: Users can download the national 2008 - 2020 CDL's and the 2017 - 2020 Confidence Layers from National Downloads. Warning many file sizes > 6gb.


  • Boryan, C., Z. Yang, and P. Willis, “A Novel Method for Area Frame Stratification based on Geospatial Crop Planting Frequency Data Layers” Proc. of the International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 2015 IEEE International, Milan, Italy, July 26 – 31, 2015. doi: 10.1109/IGARSS.2015.7326706 Posted 6/13/16.
  • Johnson, D., (2015). The role of remote sensing for regional monitoring of U.S. crop condition and yield, Evaluation of drought and drought impacts through interdisciplinary methods. Global Change Research Centre AS CR, ISBN: 978-80-87902-12-7, pp. 47-53. DOI: Posted 11/19/15.
  • Johnson, D., R. Mueller, and P. Willis, (2015) The utility of the Cropland Data Layer for monitoring US grassland extent Proceedings of the 3rd Biennial Conference on the Conservation of America's Grasslands. September 29-October 1, Fort Collins, CO. Washington, DC: National Wildlife Federation. Pages 15-19. Posted 07/08/2016.
  • Seffrin, R., (2015). From SAS® Data to Interactive Web Graphics Built Through PROC JSON, Southeast SAS Users Conference, Sept 27 - 29. Posted 11/18/15.

For questions and/or comments please contact the Geospatial Information Branch.

An independent CDL accuracy assessment performed by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Institute of Natural Resources Sustainability titled: Assessment and Potential of the 2007 USDA-NASS Cropland Data Layer for Statewide Annual Land Cover Applications

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Last Modified: 12/29/2021