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U.S.DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Contribution from the Bureau of Statistics (Agricultural Forecasts).
December 27, 1913.
THE AGRICULTURAL OUTLOOK.
The figures given in this bulletin are all estimates, but are believed
to be the best obtainable. The estimates of production of the differ-
ent crops and the prices of same on farms are based on reports from
five independentsources of information, namely, (1) approximately
30,000 township correspondents, (2) approximately 2,800 county
correspondents,. (3) 45 State statistical agents, (4) 19 special field
agents, and (5) approximately 111,700 aids reporting to the State
and special field agents, individual farmers, and special correspondents,
or a total of approximately 144,564. Estimates from these sources
are received monthly at the Washington office, where they are tabu-
lated and the totals by crops and by States are passed upon by a Crop
Reporting Board which is composed of four bureau officials, two
special field agents, and an advisory member from the Bureau of the
Census. The members of this board base their estimate of what the
total crop production will be upon the data obtained from the sources
named, their judgment and experience as to the relative value of each
source, the history of the crop during the present season, the weather
conditions as reported by the Weather Bureau, and such other
information as may be obtained from State and commercial organiza-
tions, daily market reports of quantities received and sold, and
prices quoted at principal markets. The final estimates of the Crop
Reporting Board are also checked, so far as practicable, against the
totals reported by State assessors and against the statistics of acre-
ages, production, and values published by the Bureau of the Census.
Estimates of farm prices are averages of reports from a large number
of regular correspondents, who base their reports upon actual sales
at local markets and shipping points.
The estimated total production and value of farm crops and live
stock, when assembled for the whole United States, is so large that
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