MOST CROP YIELDS UNCHANGED FROM LAST MONTH

Columbia, S.C., October 11, 2002: Based on October 1 conditions, most of SOUTH CAROLINA'S 2002 crop yields are unchanged from September, the South Carolina Agricultural Statistics Service announced today.

COTTON production is forecast at 220,000 bales, down 48 percent from last year and down 27 percent from a month ago. The 2002 yield per acre is expected to average 369 pounds, down 317 pounds from last year and down 134 pounds from last month. Acres for harvest, at 286,000, are unchanged from last month, but down 10,000 acres from 2001.

CORN production in 2002 is expected to total 10.2 million bushels, down 61 percent from last year but unchanged from September. Expected yield per acre of 35 bushels, is down 73 bushels from 2001 but unchanged from last month. Acres for harvest as grain, at 290,000, are up 50,000 acres from 2001.

FLUE-CURED TOBACCO production as of October 1 is forecast at 58.9 million pounds, unchanged from last month's forecast, but down 25 percent from last year's production of 78.4 million pounds. The expected yield per acre of 1,900 pounds is unchanged from last month, but down 550 pounds from last year. Acres for harvest, at 31,000, are unchanged from last month, but down 1,000 acres from a year ago.

SOYBEAN production this year is forecast at 7.74 million bushels, unchanged from last month but down 12 percent from 2001's revised production of 8.82 million bushels. The expected yield per acre of 18 bushels is unchanged from the September estimate but down 3 bushels from last year. Acres for harvest, at 430,000, are up 10,000 from last year's revised harvested acres of 420,000, but unchanged from last month.

PEANUT production is forecast at 23.1 million pounds - down 25 percent from last year, but up 5 percent from September. The expected yield per acre, at 2,200 pounds, is up100 pounds from the September 1 forecast, but down 800 pounds from last year. Acres for harvest at 10,500, is up 300 acres from 2001.

UNITED STATES 2002 PRODUCTION AND PERCENT OF PREVIOUS YEAR

Corn 8.97 Bil. Bu 94%   Hay, All 150 Mil. Tons 96%
Soybeans 2.65 Bil. Bu. 92%   Peanuts 3.75 Bil. Lbs. 88%
Tobacco, F.C. 522 Mil.Lbs. 90%   Cotton,Upland 17.4 Mil. Bales 89%
 


For additional information call:

Robert A. Graham, State Statistician

James S. Peele, Agricultural Statistician, Crops