Media Advisory: Improving Crop Estimates by Integrating Multiple Data Sources – New Report

Each year, USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) publishes crop estimate reports that are used to determine farm insurance rates and the distribution of farm subsidies. The NASS has seen a decline in survey response rates for these reports over time, prompting data users to develop alternative estimates that are less reliable.

A new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine explores different methods that NASS could use to produce more accurate crop estimates in a manner that is both transparent and reproducible. It also assesses the suitability of each data source and makes recommendations on methods for combining data to produce more reliable results.

Advance copies of Improving Crop Estimates by Integrating Multiple Data Sources will be available to reporters only beginning at 3 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Oct. 10.  The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, Oct. 11.  To obtain a copy, reporters should contact the Academies’ Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or email