The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will survey small grain producers in 32 states including Minnesota. The questions will include total acres of small grains planted, acres harvested and what the yields and production were. This information and data will be used for estimates of selected crops like barley, oats and wheat in the United States.

"That data will help federal and state programs support the farmer," said Dan Lofthus, Minnesota State Statistician. "I hope every producer understands the importance of these data and will take the time to respond if they receive this survey. Producers can lose out when there are no data to determine accurate rates for loans, disaster payments, crop insurance price elections and more.

Nass protects the privacy of all growers that complete the survey and will publish only aggregate data. Growers have the option to fill out the survey online too at: agcounts.usda.gov. In addition NASS representatives will contact some Minnesota growers to arrange telephone interviews.

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