The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will survey growers in 32 states, including South Dakota, as part of its 2022 County Agricultural Production Survey (CAPS) for small grains .
The survey will collect information on the total number of acres planted and harvested, as well as yield and production of small grains down to the county level. CAPS will provide the data needed to estimate the acreage and production of certain crops such as barley, oats and wheat in the United States.
“The data provided will help federal and state programs support the farmer,” said Erik Gerlach, South Dakota State Statistician. “I hope every grower understands the importance of this data and will take the time to respond if they receive this survey. Producers can lose out when there is no data to determine accurate rates for loans, disaster payments, crop insurance price choices, etc. Without data, agencies such as the USDA’s Risk Management Agency and the Agricultural Services Agency have no information on which to base programs that serve these same growers.
Farmers are encouraged to respond online at agcounts.usda.gov, by mail, or by fax. South Dakota producers who do not respond within the next few weeks may receive an email reminder or be contacted for an interview to complete the survey.
NASS protects the privacy of all respondents and only publishes aggregated data, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified, as required by federal law.
CAPS data will be released to the NASS Quick Stats database (quickstats.nass.usda.gov) at 3 p.m. EST on Thursday, December 15, 2022. For more information on NASS surveys and reports, call the office outside NASS in South Dakota at (800) 582-6443.