RECORD YIELD SET FOR COTTON

SOYBEAN AND PEANUT YIELDS TIE PREVIOUS RECORD HIGHS



Columbia, S.C., January 12, 2005: SOUTH CAROLINA'S cotton crop made a new record high yield 2004. Peanut and soybean yields tied record highs of 2003, due to excellent weather during the growing season, announced the USDA NASS South Carolina Statistical Office.



COTTON production totaled 390,000 bales, up 20 percent (64,000 bales) from 2003. The final 2004 average yield of 875 pounds per acre, a new record high, is up 157 pounds from 2003 and up 561 pounds from 2002's yield. The final estimate of 215,000 acres planted, is down 5,000 acres from the previous year and 75,000 below 2002. Harvested acres totaled 214,000 acres, down 4,000 acres from 2003 but up 14,000 from 2002. Cottonseed production was expected to total 129,000 tons, up 19 percent from 2003, and 193 percent above 2002.


CORN production in 2004 totaled 29.5 million bushels, up 31 percent from 2003. The final yield per acre of 100 bushels, is down 5 bushels from 2003, but 53 bushels above 2002. Acres harvested for grain is 295,000, up 80,000 acres from 2003, and up 35,000 from 2002. Acres planted at 315,000 are up 75,000 from 2003.


The 2004 SOYBEAN crop totaled 14.8 million bushels, up 26 percent from the 2003 production, and up 110 percent from 2002. The final yield per acre of 28 bushels, tied with the record high of 28 bushels in 2003, and is up 11 bushels from 2002. Acres harvested at 530,000, is up 110,000 from 2003, and up 115,000 from 2002.


TOBACCO production was 60.8 million pounds, down 4 percent from 2003, but up 2 percent from 2002. The final yield per acre of 2,250 pounds, is up 150 pounds from 2003, and up 300 pounds from 2002. Acres harvested, at 27,000, was down 3,000 acres from 2003, and down 3,500 from 2002.


PEANUT production totaled 112.2 million pounds - up 94 percent from 2003, and up 486 percent from 2002. The final yield per acre of 3,400 pounds is tied with the record high from 2003 of 3,400 pounds, and up 1,200 pounds from 2002. Acres harvested, at 33,000 is up 16,000 acres from 2003 and up 24,300 acres from 2002.




UNITED STATES 2004 PRODUCTION AND PERCENT OF 2003

 

Corn

11.8

Bil. Bu

117

%

Hay

158

Mil. Tons.

100

%

Soybeans

3.14

Bill. Bu.

128

%

Peanuts

4.26

Bill. Lbs.

103

%

Tobacco, F.C.

516

Mil. Lbs.

113

%

Cotton, Upland

22.3

Mil. Bales

125

%


 

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

Steve Pavlasek, Deputy Director