The United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service is starting its County Agricultural Production Survey of 41 states, including Missouri. It will collect information on total acres planted and harvested and total yield and production of row crops at the county level.

"The data provided by producers will help federal and state programs support the farmer," Missouri State Statistician Bob Garino said in a news release. "We hope every producer will take the time to respond if they receive this survey."

Responses help determine loan ranges, disaster payments, crop insurance price election and more. Without responses, the USDA Risk Management Agency or Farm Service Agency will not have enough information on which to base programs that serve producers, Garino said.

Statistics Service personnel will contact selected Missouri growers to arrange a telephone or in-person interviews to complete the survey. The service only prints aggregated data, so that no individual operation or producer can be identified as is required by federal law.

Survey results will be posted on the Quick Stats database. For more information on NASS surveys, reports and the release dates by commodity, visit nass.usda.gov/Publications/Calendar/reports_by_date.php.