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Another USDA Mulligan
Jul 22, 2009
For the second year in a row USDA has announced it isn't so confident in its June acreage estimates. My dad's rule has always been a first-tee mulligan. I only wish I had the second-shots available to me like USDA does.
Here's their announcement to the media that was released Wednesday afternoon.
NASS to Collect Additional Data on Corn, Sorghum Acreage
In response to variable weather conditions in key crop-growing regions, the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is collecting updated information on 2009 acres planted to corn and sorghum prior to the August 12 Crop Production report.
The June 30 Acreage report included estimates of 2009 planted area for principal crops, based on data collected from producers in early June. To ensure that the August forecasts accurately reflect any changes in planted acreage since June, NASS will expand its routine data collection activities in late July and early August. The agency will ask growers to update their reported acres planted to corn in seven states: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Growers in Illinois and Missouri will also be asked to update their reported acres planted to sorghum.
So, what do you think? Is this truly a case of we just want to be sure? Or is there something wrong with the reporting system? They're batting about zero in mid-July for the second season in a row.