SPRINGFIELD — Soft Red Winter Wheat producers across the state of Illinois should have received a questionnaire designed to collect data that will be used in estimating county level yields from the 2013 wheat harvest.
The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) Illinois Field Office began mailing these questionnaires on July 31 to roughly 3,500 Illinois wheat farmers. Then in August if they have not yet received their questionnaire, one of their telephone enumerators will attempt to follow up with them.
“Information collected during this survey is used to set individual wheat county estimates for all the major wheat producing counties in Illinois,” said Mark Schleusener, state statistician of the Illinois Field Office. “In order to publish the yield for any given county, it is necessary to have a minimum of 30 good reports so that’s why it’s so important that farmers complete this survey. ”
County estimates are a vital part of agriculture and are used to evaluate and administer farm commodity, credit, conservation, disaster, insurance and loan programs. As with all NASS reports, results are published so that no individual producer can be identified.
For more information, contact the Illinois Field Office at 800-622-9865.