The final crop production numbers released in January by USDA were anything but final. Shortly after the numbers were released on Jan. 12, USDA issued a press release announcing that it would resurvey six Upper Midwest states for corn production and four Southeastern states for soybean numbers.
Corn numbers in Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota will be reevaluated, Lance Honig, National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) Crops Division chief, tells AgWeb. His agency will also take another look at soybean production in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
"The data was collected from producers the very end of November and primarily the first couple weeks of December,” Honig says. "Because of the lateness of the harvest this year, there was a significant portion of corn and soybeans in certain states that was still left to be harvested. The producers we're going to go back to are those who, when they responded to our survey back in either late November or December, indicated they still had acreage for those crops left to be harvested. What we're going to do is re-contact them and ask them specifically about those acres left to be harvested and what they intend to do.”
Honig cautions that this reevaluation may have an impact beyond final production numbers. "Keep in mind that the stocks reports are subject to revisions as well. We obviously take production into mind when we're estimating those figures,” he says.
The numbers, if they change, will be released with the March 10, 2010, Crop Production Report.
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