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USDA seeks producer insights for 2024 crop predictions

USDA seeks producer insights for 2024 crop predictions

By Jamie Martin

This June, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) embarks on a critical data-gathering mission involving nearly 5,900 producers across Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. The June Agricultural Survey and the June Area Survey are pivotal in predicting the acreage and stock levels as of June 1, 2024.

Anthony Prillaman, Director of the NASS Southern Regional Field Office, emphasizes the importance of these surveys. They are instrumental in forecasting the acreage and supply of major U.S. commodities for the 2024 crop year.

The insights derived from these surveys aid a spectrum of stakeholders, from farmers to policymakers, influencing numerous agricultural decisions.

Producers have multiple avenues to participate in the June Agricultural Survey—online, by mail, phone, or in-person. They will provide details on planted and harvested acreage, including biotech crops and grain stocks.

The June Area Survey, on the other hand, will capture data through interviews on a range of topics from crop acreage and grain stocks to livestock inventory and land values.

Ensuring confidentiality, NASS protects individual information while only publishing aggregated data. The outcomes of these surveys will be detailed in various USDA reports such as the Acreage report and quarterly Grain Stocks report scheduled for release on June 28, 2024.

This data also supports NASS’s other periodic publications, enhancing the overall agricultural knowledge base and supporting the vitality of U.S. agriculture.

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