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Wisconsin to be Part of USDA Soybean Farming Survey
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 09/12/2017

Soybean growers across the country will soon have the opportunity to provide first-hand information on their production practices when they participate in the USDA's Agricultural Resource Management Survey. State Agriculture Statistician Greg Bussler says in Wisconsin, data will be collected in September on farmers' fertilizer and chemical use and pest management.

"One of the major benefits of this study is that the data gathered will be used to assist in the registration of existing pesticides and the registration of new pesticides," Bussler said. "This information is needed so the Environmental Protection Agency has actual pesticide usage data from farmers to make these decisions rather than just assuming maximum label rates are being applied."

Bussler adds that the results of the survey will also help agricultural leaders and decision-makers better understand how producers cope with risks and make decisions about chemical use, new technologies and other aspects of farming.

Data will only be collected from about 250 Wisconsin soybean producers. The agency will begin contacting selected producers this month through November in hopes of giving farmers enough time to complete the report at their convenience.

The most recent nationwide production practice study for soybeans was conducted in 2015.

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