The Georgia Field Office of the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Services (NASS) will be surveying farmers for the June Agricultural survey to determine how many acres of each crop will be planted this year.
There is always speculation about each new crop season and agricultural producers are the main source of gathering facts.
"With producers reporting their plans for the 2011 crop season, we can help reduce uncertainty in the agricultural marketplace," Doug Kleweno, Georgia Field Office state director said.
"We safeguard the confidentiality of all survey reponses." Kleweno said. "Information from individual operations is combined with other responses to provide meainingful data."
The Georgia Field Office will be conducting the survey and a NASS representative will contact local producers. Some respondents will be chosen from sampled areas of land indentified on aerial photographs.
This survey is particularly vital because it will provide the first clear indications of the potential production of major commodities in 2011.
The NASS works with farmers and ranchers to provide meaningful, accurate and objective statistics that help keep U.S. agriculture informed.
The information gathered is widely used. Producers rely on the data to reach valid production, marketing and investment decisions. Industry analysts, Extension agents and farm organizations use the information in a variety of ways that benefit farmers.
The results of the 2011 survey will be released June 30, 2011.
All agricultural statistics published by NASS are available at http://www.usda.gov/nass/.