Some 3,000 agriculture producers in eastern North Dakota and South Dakota will be receiving a survey letter in late February to help gauge changes in agricultural land practices through the past decade.

The voluntary survey will take approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete and results will only be reported in summary form.

Researchers at South Dakota State University, North Dakota State University and Iowa State University are working to study the impact of farmland-use decisions in the Dakotas. They want to learn how the use of farmland has changed in the past 10 years and the major reasons for any changes.

The survey, “Farmland Use Decisions in the Dakotas,” will cover different crop rotations, shifts between pasture, hay and crops, Conservation Reserve Program participation, changes in market outlets, farming technologies and production environment.

This is the first such regional survey of its kind in at least 10 years, according to Larry Janssen, professor of agricultural economics at SDSU. Janssen is directing the project with David Hennessy, professor of economics at Iowa State.

Producers in most counties east of the Missouri River in South Dakota and the southeast quadrant of North Dakota have been randomly selected to complete the survey.

The survey will be mailed from the Iowa State Survey Center, which also will manage survey follow-ups and returns. For more information, call the survey center toll-free at 1-877-578-8848.