CORN AND TOBACCO MAKE RECORD YIELDS FOR 2001

Columbia, S.C., January 11, 2002: SOUTH CAROLINA'S 2001 crop yields for corn and soybeans are record highs because rain showers came during the periods of critical growth and development for these crops, announced the South Carolina Agricultural Statistics Service. The infrequent rains also helped cotton and peanuts to a lessor extent.

COTTON production totaled 425,000 bales, up 12 percent (46,000 bales) from 2000. The final 2001 average yield of 689 pounds per acre is up 24 pounds from the December forecast, up 62 pounds from 2000, and up 261 pounds from 1999's yield. The final estimate of 300,000 acres planted is unchanged from the previous year, but down 9 percent from 1999. Harvested acres totaled 296,000 acres and is unchanged from December's estimate. Acres for harvest was up 6,000 acres from 2000 but down 19,000 from 1999. Cottonseed production was expected to total 149,000 tons, up 12 percent from 2000, and up 49 percent from 1999.

CORN production in 2001 totaled 25.9 million bushels, down 2 percent from the November forecast, but up 42 percent from 2000. The final yield per acre of 108 bushels, an all time record high, is up 6 bushels from November, up 43 bushels from 2000, and up 38 bushels from 1999. Acres harvested for grain is a record low at 240,000 which is down 40,000 acres from 2000, and down 35,000 from 1999. Acres planted at 260,000 were also at a record low and were down 16 percent from 2000.

The 2001 SOYBEAN crop totaled 9.5 million bushels, down 12 percent from the 2000 production, but up 5 percent from 1999. The final yield per acre of 22 bushels is down 3 bushel from 2000, but up 2 bushels from 1999. Acres harvested at 430,000, is unchanged from 2000, but down 20,000 acres from 1999.

TOBACCO production was 78.4 million pounds, unchanged from November's forecast, down 4 percent from 2000, but up 1 percent from 1999. The final yield per acre of 2,450 pounds, a new record high, is up 60 pounds from 2000, and up 450 pounds from 1999. Acres harvested, at 32,000, was down 2,000 acres from 2000, and down 7,000 from 1999.

PEANUT production totaled 30.5 million pounds - up 3 percent from 2000, up 20 percent from 1999, and unchanged from the November's forecast. The final yield per acre of 2,900 pounds is down 50 pounds from 2000, up 600 pounds from 1999, and unchanged from November's forecast. Acres harvested, at 10,500, is up 500 acres from 2000, but down 500 acres from 1999.

UNITED STATES 2001 PRODUCTION AND PERCENT OF 2000

Corn 9.51 Bil. Bu 96 % Hay 157 Mil. Tons. 103 %
Soybeans 2.89 Bill. Bu. 105 % Peanuts 4.24 Bill. Lbs. 130 %
Tobacco, F.C. 579 Mil. Lbs. 97 % Cotton, Upland 19.4 Mil. Bales 116 %