"NASS is assessing its data collection plans and evaluating the timing of upcoming reports," USDA said of its National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Officials also met to decide what to do about USDA's weekly report of grain, soybean, cotton and meat exports, an important indicator of activity for the world's largest agricultural exporter.
During the shutdown traders got export news in dribs and drabs - for example, Reuters reported overnight that China has bought close to 1.2 million tonnes of U.S. corn this month - but are anxious for a complete accounting.
"Some of the exports and the news we were hearing was more speculation and so we will actually be able to put some facts with it. The longer the government was gone, the more out of whack things got," said Jason Britt, president of Central States Commodities.
For the November crop report, USDA will run its usual survey of more than 10,000 growers and send crop enumerators to check yields at hundreds of fields that were selected for monthly inspections. USDA's crop estimates, issued around the 10th of each month, are based on conditions on the first of the month.
Its November forecasts have a margin of error of 2.1 percent for corn and 2.3 percent for soybeans. By comparison, the September report had an error margin of 8.5 percent for the corn crop and 9.6 percent for soybeans.
Market participants will have to wait a bit longer for the Commitments of Traders report from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, typically due each Friday.
CFTC, the U.S. futures industry watchdog, said it will not have time to put this week's report together. The report shows the holdings of various participants in U.S. futures markets and are used to infer potential price trends.