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Small grains to be surveyed

Starting in late August, a sample of producers around the country will receive Agricultural Survey questionnaires from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

The agency is taking a comprehensive look into the 2022 production and supply of small grains, including wheat, oats, barley, and rye.

“The small grains industry is an important part of Illinois’ agriculture. It is crucial for all involved to have accurate data about this key sector of the economy,” said NASS State Statistician Mark Schleusener. “We will contact more than 2,300 producers in Illinois to accurately measure 2022 acreage, yield, and production for small grain crops. The data collected from this survey will be used along with additional information to help set small grain acreage, yield, and production estimates at the county level, which will be available this December in NASS’s Quick Stats database at”

NASS will contact Illinois producers to gather information on their 2022 production and the quantities of corn, soybeans, and wheat stored on the farm. Additionally, NASS will survey commercial grain storage operations to determine estimates of grain stocks stored in any offfarm facility. Producers are encouraged to respond online at

They may also return their completed surveys by mail. Producers who have not responded by August 30 may be contacted by a NASS representative to schedule a time to help fill out the survey.

“NASS safeguards the privacy of all respondents, by keeping responses confidential and publishing the data in aggregate form only, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified,” stated Schleusener. “We recognize that this is a hectic time for farmers and ranchers, but the information they provide becomes useful data for decision-making on the farm, for federal farm programs, and the markets. I urge them to respond to this survey and thank them for their time and cooperation.”

NASS will publish state and national data in the annual Small Grains Summary and quarterly Grain Stocks reports September 30 on the NASS website. These survey data also contribute to USDA’s World Agricultural Outlook Board’s monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.


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