NASS Acreage Reports
Lance Honig, chief of the National Agricultural Statistics Service's crops branch, answered the following questions posed by Illinois Farm Bureau members.
Q: What role does crop maturity and planting date have in yield calculations? Many ag universities provide a standard chart or yield expectation vs. planting date. Why not incorporate that into your data?
Q: Do you conduct field surveys for the August report and if not, is a report even warranted?
Q: How do you work with FSA numbers knowing that in some cases they are going to be a little bit different?
Q: When you do yield surveys is the procedure the same month after month when you're taking yield surveys for production reports?
Q: Has satellite imagery changed at all? How do you use satellites in doing any determinations?
Q: Many merchants are reporting old crop corn is in short supply. They were wondering about production numbers for 2018. What assurances can you give producers even in January that you have the crop number accurate?