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Arizona office of USDA-NASS

Current Survey Activites

Third Quarter 2012

October Surveys:  The first forecast of Arizona’s pecan production will be determined based on results of the October 1 Pecan Survey.  The Quarterly Agricultural Labor Survey begins mid-month; this survey collects data about hired worker numbers, hours worked and wages paid. Quarterly Milk Production begins on the first and runs through October 10.  Cotton Ginnings surveys are conducted on the first and fifteenth of each month through February. County Agricultural Production for Small Grains finishes up by October 15.

November Surveys:  Monthly Agricultural Yield Surveys begin in May and continue through November.  These yield surveys provide first indications of production for small grains, cotton and hay.  Data collection begins near the 28th of each month and continues into the first week of the following month.  County Agricultural Production for Row Crops starts this month and continues through December. The Dry Beans survey begins in November and continues into December.

December Surveys:  Beginning in late November we will begin asking for information for the December Quarterly Agricultural Survey for final end-of-year acreage and production for corn, cotton, and hay. The Quarterly Hog Report will also begin December 1st as well as Off-Farm Grain Stocks Survey.

Other surveys planned for this quarter will be gathering information on Winter Vegetables, Chiles, Pecans, and Apples.


2012 Census of Agriculture

Whether small or large, your agricultural operation is important to gain a complete measure of U.S. agriculture.

This includes retirement/lifestyle farms and ranches that grow a small amount of plants or crops or keep only a few animals, up to the largest of operations and everything in between. Landowners that only have income from government programs are also counted as farms.

NASS conducts a census of all agricultural operations every five years with sampled surveys occurring between censuses.

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