What's USDA's Report Problem?

Published on: 11:39AM Oct 07, 2011

 Following the interview I did earlier this week with USDA's NASS Statistics Division Director Joe Prusacki, we spent a few minutes discussing the attitude many farmers have after recent USDA reports.

In June, the annual Planting Projections report was scrutinized after floods and poor weather wiped out crops or prevented farmers from planting altogether. The Sept. 30, Grain Stocks surprised just about everyone when corn carryover surpassed the coveted 1 bill. bu. mark. I can guarantee there will be gnashing of the teeth over next week's monthly Production report.

But Prusacki asked a very good question. "Why is it that people think we miss corn numbers, but they never have a problem with our soybean numbers?" A legitimate question, in my opinion. And I promised him I'd pose the question to the AgWeb community.

So here's the question. Fill out the survey below, or offer your comments. I'll post the survey results next week.