CORN AND PEANUT YIELDS UP FROM LAST MONTH



Columbia, S.C., October 12, 2004:       Based on October 1 conditions, most of SOUTH CAROLINA'S 2004 crop yields

for corn and peanuts are up, while cotton, tobacco, and soybeans are unchanged from September, the USDA, NASS South Carolina Statistical Office announced today.


COTTON production is forecast at 332,000 bales, up 2 percent from last year and unchanged from a month ago. The 2004 yield per acre is expected to average 731 pounds, up 13 pounds from last year and unchanged from last month. Acres for harvest, at 218,000, are unchanged from last month and last year.


CORN production in 2004 is expected to total 28.0 million bushels, up 22 percent from last year and up 10 percent from September. Expected yield per acre of 97 bushels, is down 8 bushels from 2003 but up 2 bushels from last month. Acres for harvest as grain, at 285,000, are up 70,000 acres from 2003.


FLUE-CURED TOBACCO production as of October 1 is forecast at 59.4 million pounds, unchanged from last month's forecast, but down 6 percent from last year's production of 63.0 million pounds. The expected yield per acre of 2,200 pounds is unchanged from last month, but up 100 pounds from last year. Acres for harvest, at 27,000, are unchanged from last month, but down 3,000 acres from a year ago.


SOYBEAN production this year is forecast at 13.5 million bushels, up 16 percent from last month and up 15 percent from 2003's production of 11.8 million bushels. The expected yield per acre of 26 bushels is unchanged from the September estimate but down 2 bushels from last year. Acres for harvest, at 520,000, are up 100,000 from last year’s harvested acres of 420,000.


PEANUT production is forecast at 105.6 million pounds - up 83 percent from last year, and up 3 percent from September. The expected yield per acre, at 3,200 pounds, is up 100 pounds from the September 1 forecast, but down 200 pounds from last year. Acres for harvest at 33,000, is up 16,000 acres from 2003.




 

UNITED STATES 2004 PRODUCTION AND PERCENT OF PREVIOUS YEAR

 

Corn

11.61

Bil. Bu

115%

 

Hay, All

166

Mil. Tons

106%

Soybeans

3.11

Bil. Bu.

127%

 

Peanuts

4.13

Bil. Lbs.

100%

Tobacco, F.C.

513

Mil.Lbs.

112%

 

Cotton,Upland

20.8

Mil. Bales

117%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For additional information call:

                                                   Robert A. Graham, Director

                                                   James S. Peele, Agricultural Statistician, Crops