There were 2.9 days suitable for fieldwork in Michigan during the week ending November 5, 2017 according to Marlo Johnson, Director of the Great Lakes Regional Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Heavy rainfall throughout the week slowed harvest of many crops. Some producers in northern Michigan received a few inches of snow.

Corn and soybean harvest continued in between rain events.

Dry bean harvest neared completion and winter wheat planting was wrapping up for the season.

Sugarbeet harvest was still ongoing, but some producers were waiting for dryer conditions before proceeding with harvest.

Hay third and fourth cutting were progressing slowly. The ground was too wet this past week for much fieldwork activities.

As the 2017 growing season officially comes to an end, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will contact producers nationwide to gather final year-end crop production numbers and the amount of grain and oilseed they store on their farms. At the same time, NASS will survey grain facility operators to determine year-end grain and oilseed stocks.

“These surveys are the largest and most important year-end surveys conducted by NASS,” explained NASS’s Great Lakes Regional Director Marlo Johnson. “They are the basis for the official USDA estimates of production and harvested acres of all major agricultural commodities in the United States and year-end grain and oilseed supplies. Data from the survey will benefit farmers and processors by providing timely and accurate information to help them make critical year-end business decisions and begin planning for the next growing and marketing season.”

The information will be compiled, analyzed and then published in a series of USDA reports, including the Crop Production Annual Summary and quarterly Grain Stocks report.

“Responses to the producer survey will be included in the County Agricultural Production Survey and used in calculating county yields,” explained Johnson. “USDA uses county yield information from the survey to evaluate and administer vital farm disaster and insurance programs. Farmers who receive this survey are not included in the County Agricultural Production Survey; therefore this is their only opportunity to be included in the calculation of Michigan county yields.”

As with all NASS surveys, information provided by respondents is confidential, as required by federal law. NASS safeguards the privacy of all responses and publishes only aggregate data, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified. These and all NASS reports are available online at

For more information on NASS surveys and reports, call the NASS Great Lakes Regional Field Office at (800) 453-7501.

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