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Update and Revision History

ARMS data are released and/or revised twice a year. This schedule governs updates to the data in the tailored reports, data available in NASS/ERS data enclaves, data used by Memorandum of Understanding holders, and data used by ERS researchers. The releases are scheduled for approximately May 31 and November 30 each year. Generally, the farm structure and financial data are updated/revised in the fall; any newly available crop surveys are added in the spring and/or fall.

This page compiles updates and revisions to the data as of November 26, 2013.

November 26, 2013

Added 2012 data for farm and household finances.
The 2012 all-version ARMS Phase III dataset was released. Note that differences between 2012 estimates and estimates from prior years reflect improved sample coverage (particularly among very small farms) and changes in survey methodology and implementation associated with the 2012 Agricultural Resource Management Survey, in addition to changes in the economic situation of farms. Estimates from the 2012 ARMS are preliminary and are expected to change when new weights, based on the 2012 Census of Agriculture, are released by the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Began using the ERS revised farm typology for 2011 forward. The original typology is applied to 1996-2010.
The ERS farm typology was revised in 2013 (see Updating the ERS Farm Typology, EIB-110, April 2013). The revised typology (and corresponding collapsed typology, and definition of farm businesses) is applied to data in the tailored reports for 2011 forward. Data for 1996 through 2010 use the original typology.

Re-summarized all data for 1996-2011.
Many small updates were researched and implemented in the ARMS III datasets since the last release. Changes were made to SAS program procedures, record data accuracy, etc. Production specification categories for California and Florida were adjusted to reflect the unique mix of farm types in those States. To refresh the complete summary data and ensure that all updates are available to the public, 1996-2011 data were re-summarized and loaded for this release of the tailored reports. All users of the historic data should consider reloading data from this release so the most up-to-date numbers are used for analysis.

Correction of Government Payments table 1996-2011.
Twenty-six variables in the Government Payments table were updated and recalculated due to a variable truncation problem within the summary programs used to produce the tailored reports. Anyone using these data should refresh all years in their work files.

November 27, 2012

Added 2011 data for farm and household finances.
The 2011 all version ARMS Phase III dataset was released.

June 13, 2012

Corrections to fertilizer timing data in the Crop Production Practices surveys for 2006-10 surveyed crops. Removal, until further notice, of 1996-2005 fertilizer timing data.
Revised data describe the timing of nitrogen, phosphate, and potash applications from the 2006 soybean, 2007 cotton, 2009 wheat, and 2010 corn surveys. Revisions correct a coding error that resulted in some applications of fertilizers being double-counted, thereby over-estimating fertilizer applications by season. Timing of fertilizer applications data for all other surveys/years has been removed, and will be revised and loaded back into the tailored reports once verified.

November 30, 2011

Added 2010 data for farm and household finances.
The 2010 all version ARMS Phase III dataset was released. Notable additions to the 2010 Version 1 questionnaire include detailed questions on rented land in section A and practices for major crops in section B. Section I has major changes to questions on the Internet, input purchases, direct sales, the ACRE program, and base acres (dropped).

Added 2010 corn production practices data.
The 2010 ARMS Phase II dataset on corn producers was released.

Added comparability between conventional and organic production systems.
For the 2006 soybean, 2009 wheat, and 2010 corn production practices surveys, organic operations were over-sampled. In this ARMS data addition, most production practice tables can be sorted into conventional and organic systems, which allows easy comparison of statistics between the two.

Last updated: Thursday, May 29, 2014

For more information contact: Mitch Morehart

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