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Ag stats to be released Jan. 12

Statisticians in the Fargo office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agriculture Statistics Service North Dakota Field Office have been busy compiling, analyzing and finalizing data for all commodities, including flax.

North Dakota farmers planted about 390,000 acres of flax in 2010, according to June estimates. However, final numbers won't be ready until Jan. 12.

All crop data was in hand Thursday and the office submits its recommendations and estimates to Washington, D.C. Wednesday. Here, data will again be analyzed, said USDA NASS North Dakota Field Office Director Darin Jantzi.

USDA statistics will be available to the public Jan. 12 and can be viewed on the USDA website at They will be posted at 6:30 a.m. MST, Jantzi said, adding many people anxiously await these numbers.

"It is market-sensitive data," he said, "and the markets react to this influx of information."