MAJOR CROP YIELDS UP FROM OCTOBER




Columbia, S.C., November 12, 2004: Based on November 1 conditions, SOUTH CAROLINA'S 2004 expected yields for corn, cotton, peanuts and soybeans are up from the previous month, according to the USDA NASS South Carolina Statistical Office.


Expected COTTON production as of November 1 increased to 370,000 bales, up 38,000 bales from October and up 44,000 bales from last year. Acres for harvest, at 218,000, are unchanged from last year. The 2004 yield is expected to average 815 pounds per acre - up 84 pounds from last month and up 97 pounds from 2003.


CORN production in 2004 is expected to total 28.5 million bushels, up 855,000 bushels from the October forecast, and up 5.9 million bushels from last year's production. Expected yield per acre of 100 bushels is up 3 bushels from October, but 5 bushels per acre below last year. Acres for harvest, at 285,000, are up 70,000 acres from a year ago.


Only about 19 percent of the SOYBEAN harvest was completed by November 1. With favorable weather conditions, 2004 production is expected to total 14.0 million bushels, up 4 percent from last month and up 19 percent from 2003. Expected yield, at 27 bushels per acre, is up 1 bushel from the October forecast, but down 1 bushel from last year. Acres for harvest, at 520,000, are up 100,000 from 2003.


PEANUT production is forecast at 112.2 million pounds - up 6 percent from last month, and up 94 percent from last year. The expected yield per acre of 3,400 pounds is up 200 pounds from last month, and unchanged from last year. If realized this will tie with the record of 3,400 pounds set in 2003. Acres for harvest, at 33,000, is unchanged from last month but up 16.0 acres from last year.




UNITED STATES 2004 PRODUCTION AND PERCENT OF 2003

 

Corn

11.74

Bil. Bu.

116 %

 

Hay

166

Mil. Tons

106 %

Soybeans

3.15

Bil. Bu.

128 %

 

Peanuts

4.20

Bil. Lbs.

101 %

Cotton, Upland

21.8

Mil. Bales

122 %

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For additional information call:

                                                          Robert A. Graham, State Director

                                                          James S. Peele, Agricultural Statistician