CORN AND SOYBEAN YIELDS DOWN FROM LAST MONTH





Columbia, S.C., October 10, 2003: Based on October 1 conditions, most of SOUTH CAROLINA'S 2003 crop yields for corn and soybeans are down, while cotton, peanuts, and tobacco are unchanged from September, the South Carolina Agricultural Statistics Service announced today.

COTTON production is forecast at 325,000 bales, up 148 percent from last year and unchanged from a month ago. The 2003 yield per acre is expected to average 719 pounds, up 405 pounds from last year and unchanged from last month. Acres for harvest, at 217,000, are unchanged from last month, and up 17,000 acres from 2002.

CORN production in 2003 is expected to total 28.0 million bushels, up 134 percent from last year but down 18 percent from September. Expected yield per acre of 112 bushels, is up 66 bushels from 2002 but down 2 bushels from last month. Acres for harvest as grain, at 250,000, are down 10,000 acres from 2002.

FLUE-CURED TOBACCO production as of October 1 is forecast at 67.2 million pounds, unchanged from last month's forecast, but up 13 percent from last year's production of 59.5 million pounds. The expected yield per acre of 2,100 pounds is unchanged from last month, but up 150 pounds from last year. Acres for harvest, at 32,000, are unchanged from last month, but up 1,500 acres from a year ago.

SOYBEAN production this year is forecast at 9.84 million bushels, down 14 percent from last month but up 39 percent from 2002's production of 7.06 million bushels. The expected yield per acre of 24 bushels is down 1 bushel from the September estimate but up 7 bushels from last year. Acres for harvest, at 410,000, are down 5,000 from last year's harvested acres of 415,000.

PEANUT production is forecast at 57.6 million pounds - up 201 percent from last year, and unchanged from September. The expected yield per acre, at 3,200 pounds, is unchanged from the September 1 forecast, and up 1,000 pounds from last year. Acres for harvest at 18,000, is up 9,300 acres from 2002.


UNITED STATES 2003 PRODUCTION AND PERCENT OF PREVIOUS YEAR

Corn 10.21 Bil. Bu 113%   Hay, All 161 Mil. Tons 106%
Soybeans 2.47 Bil. Bu. 90%   Peanuts 3.95 Bil. Lbs. 119%
Tobacco, F.C. 476 Mil.Lbs. 92%   Cotton,Upland 17.1 Mil. Bales 104%
 






For additional information call:

Robert A. Graham, State Statistician

James S. Peele, Agricultural Statistician, Crops