TOBACCO AND WHEAT PRODUCTION DOWN FROM LAST YEAR


Columbia, S.C., July 12, 2005:  Based on July 1 conditions, SOUTH CAROLINA'S 2005 production of tobacco and wheat is expected to be down from 2004, according to the USDA NASS, South Carolina Field Office.


This year's WHEAT production is estimated at 7.82 million bushels - down 1 percent from last year, but up 8 percent from 2003. The acreage harvested for grain, at 170,000, is 10,000 acres below a year ago. This year's expected average yield of 46 bushels per acre is up 2 bushels from 2004 and up 7 bushels from 2003.

 

The first TOBACCO forecast of the season places 2005 production at 49.45 million pounds - down 19 percent from last year. Harvested acres, at 23,000, are down 4,000 acres from last year. The July 1 yield forecast at 2,150 pounds per acre is down 100 pounds from a year ago but up 50 pounds from 2003.

 

 

UNITED STATES 2005 PRODUCTION AND PERCENT OF PREVIOUS YEAR

 

Wheat, Winter
1.53
Bil. Bu.
102%
Oats
131.3
Mil. Bu.
113%
Tobacco, Flue Cured
410.4
Mil. Lbs.
79%

 

 

For additional information call: Robert A. Graham, Director

                                                     Jim H. Johnson, Agricultural Statistician