CROP YIELD PROSPECTS UP FROM 2002



Columbia, S.C., August 12, 2003: Based on August 1 conditions, South Carolina's 2003 yields were up from a year ago for all crops, according to the South Carolina Agricultural Statistics Service. Moderate to heavy precipitation provided favorable conditions for crop growth and development.

CORN production in 2003 is expected to total 31.5 million bushels, up 163 percent (19,540 bushels) from last year. Expected yield per acre is estimated at 105 bushels. This is up 59 bushels from last year, but down 3 bushels from 2001 record high of 108 bushels. Acreage for harvest as grain, at 300,000, is up 40,000 from 2002.

SOYBEAN production in 2003 is expected to total 11.0 million bushels, up 56 percent (3,985 bushels) from last year. Expected yield per acre of 24 bushels is up 7 bushels from a year ago. Acreage for harvest, at 460,000, is up 45 acres from 2002.

FLUE-CURED TOBACCO production as of August 1, is forecast at 67.2 million pounds. This is up 13 percent from last year's production, and unchanged from last month. Yield per acre of 2,100 pounds is up 150 pounds from last year and unchanged from July forecast. Acreage for harvest, at 32,000, is up 1,500 acres from 2002.

COTTON production is forecast at 370,000 bales - up 182 percent (239,000 bales) from last year. The August 1 yield per acre is expected to average 725 pounds, up 411 pounds from last year. Acreage for harvest, at 245,000, is up 45,000 acres from 2002. Planted acreage in 2003 totaled 250,000 acres, down 40,000 acres from last year.

PEANUT production is forecast at 57.6 million pounds, up 201 percent (38,460 pounds) from last year's production, and up 47 percent (18,450 pounds) from the record high of 39,150 pounds in 1984. Yield per acre, at 3,200 pounds, is up 1,000 pounds from 2002, and up 100 pounds from the record high of 3,100 in 1996. Acreage for harvest, at 18,000 is up 9,300 acres from 2002. Planted acres at 19,000, is up 9,000 from 2002.



UNITED STATES 2003 PRODUCTION AND PERCENT OF PREVIOUS YEAR
Corn 10.1 Bil. Bu 112%   Sorghum 448 Mil. Bu.   121%
Soybeans 2.86 Bil. Bu. 105%   Peanuts 3.96 Bil. Lbs.   119%
Tobacco, F.C. 486 Mil. Lbs. 94%   Hay 160 Mil.Tons   106%
Cotton, Upland 16.7 Mil. Bales 101%   Oats 151 Mil. Bu.   127%


For additional information call: Robert A. Graham, State Statistician

James S. Peele, Agricultural Statistician