In-season crop estimates agreement signed

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The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Statistics Services (USDA-NASS) recently announced a cooperative agreement that will provide accurate statistics and timely crop estimates to Texas farmers.

According to a release from the TDA, the agreement will allow for in-season district-level estimates yield and production for Texas wheat, corn, cotton and sorghum crops. These estimates are used throughout the agriculture industry for resource management planning, transport decisions and marketing strategies. This is highly advantageous for agriculture producers across the state due to the strengthened reliability and availability of current crop data and trends. The electronic report will be posted to the Texas and Oklahoma USDA-NASS websites and provided to TDA as part of a monthly Crop Production Report.

The effort to create the partnership between the state and federal agencies was spearheaded by the Plains Cotton Growers, a Lubbock-based trade group that has represented the cotton industry in Texas for six decades.

“Texas is a large and diverse agricultural state,” said Johnie Reed, president of Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. “The ability to obtain district and county wide information derived from state data through this cooperative agreement is important to the agriculture industry. It provides the agriculture industry with more accurate information on planted and harvested acres, in addition to production and yield, which in many instances is utilized in federal farm programs and marketing and decision aid tools for producers. Plains Cotton Growers greatly appreciates this effort by TDA and USDA-NASS.”

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller praised the Plains Cotton Growers for facilitating the inter-agency meetings.

“These meetings ultimately lead to the creation of this new agreement,” said Miller. “I couldn’t be more pleased to see this partnership come to life.”