What will the dry spring planting conditions mean for Georgia agriculture? How many acres of each crop will be planted this year? To gather reliable, objective information, the Georgia Field Office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will be surveying farmers for the June Agricultural Survey.

There is always speculation about each new crop season and agricultural producers are the main source for gathering the facts. “If we speak up and report the facts about the 2007 crop season, we can help reduce uncertainty in the agricultural marketplace,” says Doug Kleweno, state director with the Georgia Field Office.

“We safeguard the confidentiality f all survey responses,” he adds. “Information from individual operations is combined with other responses to provide the needed data. NASS works with farmers and ranchers to provide meaningful, accurate, and objective statistics that help keep U.S. agriculture informed.”

The information gathered is widely used. Producers rely on the data to reach valid production, marketing and investment decisions. Industry analysts, Extension agents and farm organizations use the information in a variety of ways that benefit farmers.

The Georgia Field Office will be conducting the survey and a NASS representative will contact local producers between May 4 and June 15. Some respondents will be chosen from sampled areas of land identified on aerial photographs. This survey is particularly vital because it will provide the first clear indications of the potential production of major commodities in 2007.

The results of the 2007 Mid-Year Agricultural Survey will be released June 29, 2007.

All agricultural statistics published by NASS are available at www.nass.usda.gov/.

For more information call 1-800-253-4419 and ask to speak to someone about the Mid-Year Agricultural Suurvey.