Current Survey Activities

Major NASDA Survey Activities

    • August Surveys: Monthly Agricultural Yield Surveys resume with row crops and continue through November. These yield surveys provide first indications of production for cotton, corn, and hay. Data collection begins near the 28th of each month and continues into the first week of the following month. CAPS – the County Agricultural Production Survey for small grains begins August 1st and ends in mid-October. The Conservation Practice Adoption Motivations Survey (CPAMS) will continue in August. This new survey is a joint project between NASS and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) aimed at better understanding conservation practice adoption and the role of technical and financial assistance. The survey results will be used to guide the implementation of NRCS programs in the future.
    • September Surveys: In addition to the monthly Ag Yield Surveys, the major surveys conducted are the September Ag Production Survey and the Off-Farm Grain Stocks Survey. These both begin toward the end of August continue through mid-September. These surveys provide small grain production information and how much whole grain is in storage as of September 1. CAPS – the County Agricultural Production Survey for small grains continues through mid-October. In addition, we are collecting data for the quarterly Hog Report.
    Special Note
    • USDA NASS continues to suspend all in-person data collection until further notice and many of our processes are being done remotely. As such, we are relying more heavily than ever on online response. Responding online is secure and user-friendly with several conveniences like being quicker than other response options and being able to print for recordkeeping. Please, consider completing your surveys electronically here.
    • It’s incredibly important that producers respond to NASS surveys and are included in these data, especially in this challenging time. When stakeholders, such as producers, local and federal decision-makers, and other data users want to know how this pandemic affected our producers and the agricultural industry, they will look to USDA NASS data for their analyses. Many are looking now.

Last Modified: 08/01/2022