Fargo, N.D. (NewsDakota.com) – The USDA Nass announced on Jan. 10th that it plans to re-connect with growers in several states to give more accurate numbers for the 2019 Corn and Soybeans crops.  That list of states includes North Dakota and South Dakota.

Inside Agriculture talked with the North Dakota State Statistician Darin Jantzi to find out more about what’s happening:


Here is a portion of the news release from the USDA:

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will re-contact respondents who previously reported acreage not yet harvested in Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin in the spring, once producers are able to finish harvesting remaining acres. If the newly collected data justifies any changes, NASS will update the Jan. 10 estimates in a future report. Stocks estimates are also subject to review since unharvested production is included in the estimate of on-farm stocks.

When producers were surveyed for the Crop Production 2019 Summary, there was significant unharvested acreage of corn in Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin; and soybean acreage not yet harvested in Michigan, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. The unharvested area and expected production were included in the totals released on Jan. 10.

As a result of this work, NASS may release updated acreage, yield, production, and stocks estimates for corn and soybeans later this spring. Because farmers’ ability to complete harvest is impacted by winter weather, timing of the re-contacts and subsequent publication schedule will be announced at a later date.

All NASS reports are available online at www.nass.usda.gov .