USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA-NASS) is continuing to compile data for its upcoming reports. However, number crunchers say response rates to surveys have been decent, but they could be improved.
In August, roughly 70 percent of farmers returned the USDA survey. Officials say their data can be better if more responses are sent back.
Chris Hawthorn, USDA-NASS corn expert, understands the surveys generate a lot of personal information and that some farmers don’t have time, but it’s a trend they can’t ignore.
“We feel as if it’s stabilized at that 72 or 73 percent range—obviously certain areas are lower, some areas are higher,” he said.
Hawthorn says in general, NASS doesn’t want a response rate much lower than they currently have.