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What Is The Importance Of Statistics In Agriculture?

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Statistics in agriculture are of great importance in a variety of areas; one of the most important of these is to ascertain the volume of crop that needs to be produced, based on the output and demand of the previous year. The quality of crops is also important when it comes to statistics, as the better crops will obviously have a larger market, so the fact that some crops are better than others enables agriculturists to focus on these crops. 

The quality and the number of livestock are also covered when analyzing the statistics of agriculture, and the same principles apply. The demand and previous year's output should be taken into account and the statistics are the most effective way to monitor these factors.

Improvement in production is another factor that can be taken into account, as the cheaper it is to produce a quality product, the higher the margin of profit will be. In the United States, the National Agricultural Statistics Service is in charge of monitoring the statistics. The service looks at a number of different areas in regard to agriculture including:

• Facilities for livestock
• Facilities for dairy
• Crops
• The use of fertilizers and pesticides

Fertilizer and pesticide use needs to be monitored, this is done by checking the usage on individual crops.

The service is also committed to educating the relevant people by producing regular publications which provide not only statistics but also useful information on regulations and new programs that are being introduced. NASS takes on board what their stakeholders have to say and follow these recommendations, so their role is not only about producing statistics for the agricultural markets, but also assisting in producing a higher quality of products.
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Statistics are used in the scientific study of agriculture as a tool to determine if the differences in variables are real or due to chance. This translates to the farmer to let him know with confidence which varieties are better than other varieties or which fertilizer treatments will give better yields than others.

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Anonymous answered
Gee, duh, the farmer might want to know the success rate of his crops from year-to-year.

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