Soybean Production Practice Study this Fall

This fall, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will gather information about production practices from about 200 soybean producers across Wisconsin, as part of the 2020 Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS). The information gathered will give producers the opportunity to explain how they use agricultural chemicals and manage pests responsibly.

If you are contacted by a NASS interviewer, please take time to gather your records and complete this important survey.  Rest assured that the summarized information from this survey will be put to good use on your behalf by the Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board.  We work on many issues, programs, and policies that can affect your farming operation and our efforts rely on the information provided by NASS.

Another major benefit of this study is that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will use the data gathered in registering new pesticides and re-registering existing pesticides. By having the information farmers report about their pesticide usage, EPA relies on actual usage data in making its decisions rather than simply assuming that farmers apply the maximum rates allowed.

Selected producers should have already received information about the survey by mail. To protect the health and safety of producers and employees, NASS has suspended in-person data collection until further notice. Therefore, interviewers will be calling producers during October and November to complete the survey. Your survey response is protected by federal law (Title V, Subtitle A, Public Law 107-347) which keeps your identity and answers confidential.

Given the limited number of farmers being contacted for this study, participation of every producer is critical. The results will help educate everyone involved in agriculture as well as policymakers, regulators, and the general public. State-level estimates from this survey will be released in May 2021.

Soybean Production Practice Study

 Source: 2017 Agricultural Resource Management Survey