MAJOR CROP YIELDS UP FROM THE PREVIOUS MONTH

 

 

Columbia, S.C., November 12, 2003: Based on November 1 conditions, SOUTH CAROLINA'S 2003 expected yields for corn, cotton, peanuts and soybeans are up from the previous month, according to the South Carolina Agricultural Statistics Service.

Expected COTTON production as of November 1 increased to 330,000 bales, up 5,000 bales from October and up 199,000 bales from last year. Acres for harvest, at 217,000, are up 17,000 acres from last year. The 2003 yield is expected to average 730 pounds per acre - up 11 pounds from last month and up 416 pounds from 2002.

CORN production in 2003 is expected to total 28.8 million bushels, up 750,000 bushels from the October forecast, and up 16.8 million bushels from last year's production. Expected yield per acre of 115 bushels is up 3 bushels from October, and 69 bushels per acre above last year. Acres for harvest, at 250,000, are down 10,000 acres from a year ago.

Only about 23 percent of the SOYBEAN harvest was completed by November 1, with favorable weather conditions, 2003 production is expected to total 11.1 million bushels, up 13 percent from last month and up 57 percent from 2002. Expected yield, at 27 bushels per acre, is up 3 bushels from the October forecast, and up 10 bushels from last year, and if realized, will tie the record high set in 1994. Acres for harvest, at 410,000, are down 5,000 from 2002.

PEANUT production is forecast at 61.2 million pounds - up 6 percent from last month, and up 220 percent from last year. The expected yield per acre of 3,400 pounds is up 200 pounds from last month, and up 1,200 pounds from last year. Acres for harvest, at 18,000, is unchanged from last month but up 9,300 acres from last year.



UNITED STATES 2003 PRODUCTION AND PERCENT OF 2002



Corn 10.30 Bil. Bu. 114 % Hay 161 Mil. Tons 106 %
Soybeans 2.45 Bil. Bu. 89 % Peanuts 4.09 Bil. Lbs. 123 %
Cotton, Upland 17.8 Mil. Bales 108 %




For additional information call:

Robert A. Graham, State Statistician

James S. Peele, Agricultural Statistician