MANHATTAN, Kan. February 13, 2017 – What is on the horizon for U.S. farmers in 2017 as they
finalize plans for planting this spring? The March Agricultural Survey conducted by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will survey approximately
84,000 of the nation’s farmers to determine their plans for the upcoming growing season.
“Each year, the agriculture industry eagerly awaits USDA’s Prospective Plantings report, which
provides the first survey-based estimates of U.S. farmers’ planting intentions for the year,” said NASS’
Kansas State Statistician Doug Bounds. “The March Agricultural Survey provides the factual data that
underpins these projections, making it one of the most important surveys we conduct each year.”
NASS will mail the survey questionnaire in February, asking producers to provide information about the
types of crops they intend to plant in 2017, how many acres they intend to plant, and the amounts of
grain and oilseed stored on their farms. NASS encourages producers to respond online or by mail. Those
producers who do not respond by the deadline may be contacted for a telephone or personal interview.
NASS will compile and analyze the survey information and publish the results in the annual Prospective
Plantings report and quarterly Grain Stocks report, both to be released on March 31, 2017.
As with all NASS surveys, the results of this survey will be available in aggregate form only, ensuring
that no individual operation or producer can be identified. These and all NASS reports are available
online at http://www.nass.usda.gov/Publications/. For more information call the NASS Kansas Field
Office at 800-582-6443.
Source:National Agricultural Statistics Service