Columbia, S.C., June 11, 2003: Based on June 1 conditions, SOUTH CAROLINA'S WINTER WHEAT production is expected to total 7.80 million bushels, down 2 percent from May 1 but 11 percent above last year's 7.03 million bushels, the South Carolina Agricultural Statistics Service announced today. This year's expected average yield per acre of 39.0 bushels is down 1 bushel from the May 1 estimate, but up 2 bushels from last year.
WINTER WHEAT production in the UNITED STATES is forecast at 1.63 billion bushels, up 4 percent from the May 1 forecast and 42 percent above 2002. Based on June 1 conditions, the U.S. yield is forecast at 44.6 bushels per acre, up 1.7 bushels from the previous forecast. Grain area totals 36.4 million acres, unchanged from May 1.
Columbia, S.C., June 11, 2003: Based on June 1 conditions, SOUTH CAROLINA'S 2003 PEACH PRODUCTION is expected to total 130.0 million pounds, down 19 percent from last year, but 30 percent above 2001, according to the South Carolina Agricultural Statistics Service. The peach crop looks very good. Persistent rains have given the State surplus precipitation for the first time in years, but excessive rainfall reduced fruit set during peak bloom. Some peach producing areas received marble to quarter size hail. Also, a late season freeze caused some damage, and fruit drop has been greater than expected. However, fruit size is good.
The 2003 PEACH CROP in the THREE MAJOR STATES, California, Georgia, and South Carolina is forecast at 2.21 billion pounds, up 1 percent from 2002 and 12 percent above two years ago.
The California Clingstone crop is forecast at 1.18 billion pounds, up 4 percent from the May 1 forecast and 5 percent above 2002. Harvest is expected to begin around the middle of June.
Georgia's peach crop is forecast at 125 million pounds, up 14 percent from 2002 but 11 percent below 2001. Winter weather provided adequate chill hours for a good fruit set. There was no cold weather damage during the spring. However, rainfall has been above normal, especially in May, when several locations set record high amounts for the month. The rainfall has increased disease pressures and may have affected pollination in some orchards. Harvest of the early varieties began in late April. As of June 1, harvest was 18 percent complete for the State.
For additional information:
Robert A. Graham, State Statistician
James S. Peele, Stan Cheek, Agricultural Statisticians