2003 CROP VALUES INCREASE 50 PERCENT IN SOUTH CAROLINA







Columbia, S. C., February 17, 2004: The total value of principal crops grown in South

Carolina during 2003 was $548,391,000, up 50 percent ($181,724,000) from 2002, the S.C. Agricultural Statistics Service reported today. This total value ranked South Carolina 34th among all states. California was first with $16.4 billion while our neighboring states of Georgia and North Carolina were at $1.9 billion and $2.0 billion, respectively.



In South Carolina, 2003 Field and Miscellaneous Crop values at $459,457,000 were up 66 percent from the 2002 value of $277,156,000; 2003 Commercial Vegetable Crop values at $58,271,000 were up 27 percent from the 2002 value of $45,723,000, while the value of Fruits and Nuts in 2003 declined 30 percent to $30,663,000 from $43,788,000 in 2002.



The value of individual field crops in South Carolina for 2003 and the percent change from 2002 are shown below:





Corn: $ 57,566,000, up 78 percent

Sorghum: $ 546,000, up 70 percent

Oats: $ 1,960,000, down 20 percent

Winter Wheat: $ 20,563,000, up 13 percent

Soybeans: $ 82,320,000, up 108 percent

Peanuts: $ 10,982,000, up 244 percent

Cotton: $ 98,683,000, up 283 percent

All Hay: $ 57,460,000, up 31 percent

Tobacco: $ 115,290,000, up 9 percent

Sweet Potatoes: $ 2,325,000, up 26 percent









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

James S. Peele, Agricultural Statistician