Crop Production Surveys Coming from USDA

USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service (NASS) will be contacting farmers to gather final year-end crop production numbers and the amount of grain stored on their farms. The responses to the survey will be used in calculating county-level yields. Survey results will be published in several reports, including the Crop Production Annual Summary and the Quarterly Grain Stocks Report.
The reports will be released on January 12, 2021. All NASS reports are available online at For more information call the NASS North Dakota Field Office at 800-582-6443.

Complete Dry Bean Grower Surveys

The 2019 Dry Bean Grower Survey of Production, Pest Problems and Pesticide Use has been mailed. The survey is a cooperative effort between the Northarvest Bean Growers Association and the NDSU Extension Service and made possible through a grant from Northarvest.

Results from this survey are important and provide dry bean growers and invested stakeholders with information about grower practices in North Dakota and Minnesota. It also helps identify research and pesticide registration priorities. Survey responses are kept completely anonymous. View the 2018 survey results.

USDA to Survey County Acreage and Production

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will survey farmers in 41 states, including North Dakota, as part of its County Agricultural Production Survey. The survey will collect information on total acres planted and harvested, as well as total yield and production of row crops down to the county level.
North Dakota State Statistician Darin Jantzi says the survey is going out later than usual. “The lateness and delays of the harvest is causing us to send this out three weeks later than normal. This is the time of the year where we’re collecting information to get more county estimate data.”
Within the next few weeks, NASS representatives will contact selected farmers to arrange telephone or in-person interviews to complete the survey. Jantzi says this data is used to help federal and state programs to support farmers. NASS safeguards the privacy of all respondents and publishes only aggregate data, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified as required by federal law.
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2018 Dry Bean Grower Survey Results

For 29 years, dry bean growers have responded to an annual survey of varieties grown, pest problems, pesticide use and grower practices. Research and Extension faculty at North Dakota State University, along with directors of the Northarvest Bean Growers Association, developed the survey form, which was mailed to all Northarvest bean growers. All participants of the survey were anonymous.

A total of 241 growers responded to the survey, representing 15.2 percent of last year’s total planted acreage. The previous year, 239 growers complete the survey.

More than 32 percent of growers who responded ranked drought as the most significant production problem in 2018. Diseases and harvest were ranked as the next largest production problems. In 2017, water damage was number one on this list and drought was number two.

For the second year in a row, the survey included questions about dicamba drift injury and whether it will affect growers’ future planting intentions. Six growers reported dicamba drift injury on their dry bean acres in 2018, compared to nine the previous year. The six growers affected estimated yield losses of 300 to 2,000 pounds per acre.

As in 2017, the worst weed problems in 2018 were kochia, lambsquarters and ragweed. Basagran/generics and Raptor were the most commonly used herbicides by dry bean growers last year.

Read the full results here.