After 16 days quiet, the USDA is back – but that doesn't necessarily mean that all of the agency's reports are, too.
National Ag Statistics Service Statistics Division Director Joe Prusacki says information collection for many of the reports was started, but not completed before the government shutdown took effect. That means that many reports will be pushed back, or cancelled altogether.
Cancelled reports, USDA confirmed last Thursday, include the Crop Production and Cotton Ginnings reports and World Agricultural Outlook Board's WASDE report originally scheduled for October 11.
NASS's Crop Progress reports scheduled for October 7th and 15th were also cancelled, while the Cattle on Feed report scheduled for October 18th was postponed.
Prusacki explained Friday in an interview with University of Illinois' Todd Gleason that the data collection for the crop production report was scheduled to finish up October 4, but nobody was available to samples from enumerators. Now, the samples have been waiting since October 1, but high moisture corn sitting in plastic bags makes for poor sample viability, Prusacki said.
"It just doesn't look like much material is salvageable – and that's what [NASS employees] are working on now," he said.
He estimates it will take NASS staff into this week to complete sample evaluations in hopes of using some information to help with the November reports.