The USDA has sent surveys to 83-thousand farms across the country, including 34-hundred Missouri operations, asking producers what they intend to plant this spring. The results will come out March 31st from the National Ag Statistics Service, one month after the USDA’s own economists made their own acreage projections for the year. Missouri State Statistician Bob Garino notes that the economists are relying on models based on previous years.

Garino says the surveys ask producers to indicate what their intentions were as of March First. He notes that farmers will again be surveyed in the spring to determine what they planted.

Farmers who receive the Prospective Plantings surveys are asked to complete them in the next week.