FARGO, N.D. - During the next few weeks, USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct two major inquiries, contacting over 3,700 producers across North Dakota to determine crop acreage and stock levels as of June 1, 2018.
"These are two of the most important surveys NASS conducts, due to the widespread and significant impact of their results," explained Darin Jantzi, North Dakota State Statistician. "When producers complete these surveys, they contribute essential information that determines the expected acreage and supply of major commodities for the 2018 crop year. The results are necessary for everyone who relies on agriculture for their livelihoods."
Data for the June Agricultural Survey are gathered via the Internet, mail, phone, or by in-person interview. For the June Area Survey, trained National Association of State Departments of Agriculture enumerators representing NASS visit select tracts of land to interview the operators of any farm or ranch within that selected tract. Producers are asked to provide information on planted acres, acres expected to be harvested, and grain stocks. This survey also collects data on livestock inventory, cash rents, land values, and value of sales.
"NASS protects the privacy of all respondents and publishes only state- and national-level data in these reports, ensuring no operation or producer can be identified. I urge all producers to respond to these surveys when contacted, and thank them for their cooperation," said Darin Jantzi.
NASS will publish the results in a series of USDA reports, including the Acreage and Grain Stocks reports, on June 29, 2018. Survey data also contribute to NASS's Crop Production reports, Small Grains Summary, Farms and Land in Farms, and Land Values reports, as well as various livestock reports, including Cattle, Sheep and Goats, and Quarterly Hogs and Pigs.
LINCOLN, Neb. - In the Northern Plains Region (Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota) there were 32,000 workers hired directly by farm operators on farms and ranches during the week of April 8-14, 2018, unchanged from the April 2017 reference week, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Workers numbered 25,000 during the week of January 7-13, 2018, down 7 percent from the January 2017 reference week.
Farm operators paid their hired workers an average wage of $14.70 per hour during the April 2018 reference week, up 5 percent from the April 2017 reference week. Field workers received an average of $14.52 per hour, down 29 cents. Livestock workers earned $13.47 per hour compared with $12.47 a year earlier. The field and livestock worker combined wage rate, at $14.00, was up 45 cents from the April 2017 reference week. Hired laborers worked an average of 41.0 hours during the April 2018 reference week, compared with 40.2 hours worked during the April 2017 reference week.
Farm operators in the Northern Plains Region paid their hired workers an average wage of $14.82 per hour during the January 2018 reference week, up 5 percent from the January 2017 reference week. Field workers received an average of $14.76 per hour, unchanged from January 2017. Livestock workers earned $13.47 per hour, up 70 cents. The field and livestock worker combined wage rate at $14.05, was up 55 cents from the 2017 reference week. Hired laborers worked an average of 41.4 hours during the January 2018 reference week, compared with 38.4 hours worked during the January 2017 reference week.
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