How many acres will be planted to corn and soybeans?

What will spring planting conditions mean for American agriculture?

To gather reliable, objective information, the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be surveying farmers and ranchers for the June Agricultural Survey.

There always is speculation about each new crop season and agricultural producers are the main source for the facts. "If we speak up and answer the questions about the 2000 crop season, we can reduce uncertainty in the agriculture marketplace," says Eldon J. Thiessen, state statistician.

Kansas Agricultural statistics will be conducting the survey and a representative will contact producers between May 30 and June 16. This survey is particularly vital, because it will provide the first clear indications of the potential production of major commodities in 2000.

The information gathered is widely used. Producers rely on the data to reach valid production, marketing and investment decisions. Industry analysts, Extension agents and farm organizations use the information in a variety of ways that benefit farmers.

"We safeguard the confidentiality of all survey responses," Thiessen says. "Information from individual operations is combined with other responses to provide the needed data." NASS works with farmers and ranchers to provide meaningful, accurate and objective statistics that help keep U.S. agriculture informed.

For a copy of the finished report or to obtain other agricultural statistics, visit the Kansas Agricultural Statistics website, at www.usda.gov/nass/ks, or call 800-258-4564.

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