EXCLUSIVE: NASS Crops Chief Explains USDA's Resurvey Decision

January 12, 2010 11:08 AM

The final crop production numbers released by USDA this morning are anything but final. Shortly after the numbers were released at 7:30 CT this morning, USDA issued a press release announcing that it would resurvey six upper Midwest states for corn production, and four southeastern states for soybean numbers.

Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota corn numbers will be reevaluated, Lance Honig, chief of the NASS Crops Division said in an exclusive interview with AgWeb. His agency will 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. And 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 crop left to be harvested. What we're going to do is re-contact them and ask them specifically of those acres left to be harvested and what they intend to."

He cautions that this reevaluation may have an impact beyond just the final production numbers. "One thing to keep in mind is that the stocks reports are subject to revisions as well. We obviously take production into mind when we're estimating those figures as well."

The numbers, if they change, will be released with the March 10, 2010, Crop Production Report.

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