As the 2012 growing season comes to an end, the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will contact producers nationwide to gather final year end production numbers.

"Following a second growing season with unprecedented weather-related challenges in many parts of the country,farm and ranch operators can help ensure the data are complete and accurate by participating in this survey,"  said Wilbert Hundl,Jr., NASS Oklahoma Field Office Director. "We hope producers realize the importance of the information gathered and take the time to fill it out."

Hudl said, "Data collected from this survey will be combined with the County Agricultural Production Survey responses and used in calculating county yields." He added,"These results are used by the USDA to evaluate and
administer vital farm disaster and insurance programs. Farmers who receive this survey are not included in the County Agricultural Production Survey; therefore this is their only opportunity to be included in the calculation of Oklahoma county yields."

During the first two weeks of December, NASS will contact selected Oklahoma producers by mail,telephone or in person and ask them to provide information on their 2012 production of row crops and hay, wheat seedings, and on-farm stocks.The information will be compiled, analyzed and then published in a series of USDA reports, including the Crop Production Annual Summary and quarterly Grain Stocks report, both to be released on January 11, 2013.

As with all NASS surveys, information provided by respondents is confidential by law.

"NASS safeguards the confidentiality of all responses and publishes only state- and national-level data, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified," Hundl said.

All reports are available on the NASS website at To ask questions about NASS surveys and reports, call the NASS Oklahoma Field Office at (888) 525-9226.