Beginning in August 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will change its methodology slightly for projecting production and yields for corn, soybeans and cotton. Except for Texas, NASS no longer will use field surveys for the August projections and instead will rely exclusively on farmer surveys and satellite information. NASS said it will continue to conduct field surveys for the September, October and November Crop Production reports for corn, soybeans and cotton.
The changes are the result of a program review NASS conducts every five years following the completion of the Census of Agriculture. The review considers the latest information from the census, estimates from the current annual estimating programs, and administrative data in an effort to ensure that the NASS annual estimating program adapts to reflect changes in agriculture.