Lincoln, NE – During the first two weeks of September, growers of small grains around the country will
be contacted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
The agency is taking a comprehensive look into the 2016 production and supply of small grains, which
include wheat, oats, barley, and rye.

“The small grains industry is important to Nebraska agriculture and it is crucial for everyone to
have accurate data about this key sector of the economy,” said director of the NASS Northern Plains
Regional Field Office Dean Groskurth. “We will contact more than 2,500 producers in Nebraska to
accurately measure 2016 acreage, yield, and production for small grains and the quantities of grains and
oilseeds stored on farm.”

“Responses to the survey will also be used in calculating county yields,” explained Groskurth.
“USDA uses county yield information from the survey to evaluate and administer vital farm disaster
mitigation and insurance programs such as the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC). Farmers who receive
this survey should use this opportunity to assure their county is accurately represented in the calculation
of Nebraska county yields.”

NASS safeguards the privacy of all respondents and publishes only aggregate data, ensuring that
no individual operation or producer can be identified.

Survey results will be published in several reports, including the annual Small Grains Summary
and the quarterly Grain Stocks report, both to be released on September 30. These and all NASS reports
are available online at For more information call the NASS Nebraska Field Office
at 800-582-6443.