TOBACCO AND WHEAT PRODUCTION DOWN FROM LAST YEAR

Columbia, S.C., July 11, 2002: Based on July 1 conditions, SOUTH CAROLINA'S 2002 production for tobacco and wheat is expected to be down from last year, according to the South Carolina Agricultural Statistics Service.

This year's WHEAT production is estimated at 7.22 million bushels - down 20 percent from last year, and down 24 percent from 2000. The acreage harvested for grain, at 190,000, is 20,000 acres below a year ago. This year's average yield per acre of 38 bushels is down 5 bushels from 2001 and down 11 bushels from 2000.

The first TOBACCO forecast of the season places 2002 production at 66.7 million pounds - down 15 percent from last year. Harvested acres, at 31,000, are down 1,000 acres from last year. The July 1 yield forecast at 2,150 pounds is down 300 pounds from a year ago and down 240 pounds from 2000.

UNITED STATES 2002 PRODUCTION AND PERCENT OF PREVIOUS YEAR



Wheat, Winter 1.18 Bil. Bu. 87 %
Oats 147.6 Mil. Bu. 126 %
Tobacco, Flue Cured 530.4 Mil. Lbs. 92 %

For additional information call:

Robert A. Graham, State Statistician

James S. Peele, Agricultural Statistician