COTTON AND TOBACCO YIELD PROSPECTS UP FROM 2003



 

Columbia, S.C., August 12, 2004:         Based on August 1 conditions, South Carolina’s 2004 yields were up from a year

                                                                ago for cotton and tobacco, while corn, peanuts and soybeans are down, according to the USDA NASS South Carolina Statistical Office. Moderate to heavy precipitation in most areas provided favorable conditions for crop growth and development.


CORN production in 2004 is expected to total 24.9 million bushels, up 10 percent (2,335 million bushels) from last year. Expected yield per acre is estimated at 94 bushels. This is down 11 bushels from last year. Acreage for harvest as grain, at 265,000, is up 50,000 from 2003.


SOYBEAN production in 2004 is expected to total 11.3 million bushels, down 4 percent (510 thousand bushels) from last year. Expected yield per acre of 25 bushels is down 3 bushels from a year ago. Acreage for harvest, at 450,000, is up 30,000 acres from 2003.


FLUE-CURED TOBACCO production as of August 1, is forecast at 62.1 million pounds. This is down 1 percent from last year’s production, but is up 5 percent from last month. Yield per acre of 2,300 pounds is up 200 pounds from last year and up 100 pounds from July forecast. Acreage for harvest, at 27,000, is down 3,000 acres from 2003.


COTTON production is forecast at 332,000 bales - up 2 percent (6,000 bales) from last year. The August 1 yield per acre is expected to average 731 pounds, up 13 pounds from last year. Acreage for harvest, at 218,000, is unchanged from 2003. Planted acreage in 2004 totaled 220,000 acres, unchanged from last year.


PEANUT production is forecast at 86.8 million pounds, up 50 percent (29,000 million pounds) from last year's production. Yield per acre, at 3,100 pounds, is down 300 pounds from 2003. Acreage for harvest, at 28,000 is up 11,000 acres from 2003.




UNITED STATES 2004 PRODUCTION AND PERCENT OF PREVIOUS YEAR

Corn

10.9

Bil. Bu

108%

 

Sorghum

465

Mil. Bu.

 

113%

Soybeans

2.88

Bil. Bu.

119%

 

Peanuts

4.32

Bil. Lbs.

 

104%

Tobacco, F.C.

517

Mil. Lbs.

113%

 

Hay

162

Mil.Tons

 

103%

Cotton, Upland

19.5

Mil. Bales

109%

 

Oats

128

Mil. Bu.

 

88%





 

For additional information call:

Robert A. Graham, Director

James S. Peele, Agricultural Statistician