CORN YIELD PROSPECTS UP FROM 2004



Columbia, S.C., August 12, 2005:Based on August 1 conditions, South Carolina’s 2005 yield was up from a yearago for corn, while cotton, peanuts and tobacco were down, and soybeans were unchanged, according to the USDA NASS South Carolina Field Office. Frequent precipitation in most areas provided favorable conditions for crop growth and development, although excess rain in some acres interfered with chemical application.


CORN production in 2005 is expected to total 30.2 million bushels, up 3 percent (740 million bushels) from last year. Expected yield per acre is estimated at 108 bushels. This is up 8 bushels from last year. Acreage for harvest as grain, at 280,000, is down 15,000 from 2004.


SOYBEAN production in 2005 is expected to total 11.8 million bushels, down 21 percent (3,080 million bushels) from last year. Expected yield per acre of 28 bushels is unchanged from a year ago. Acreage for harvest, at 420,000, is down 110,000 acres from 2004.


FLUE-CURED TOBACCO production as of August 1, is forecast at 49.5 million pounds. This is down 19 percent from last year’s production, and is unchanged from last month. Yield per acre of 2,150 pounds is down 100 pounds from last year and unchanged from the July forecast. Acreage for harvest, at 23,000, is down 4,000 acres from 2004.


COTTON production is forecast at 430,000 bales - up 10 percent (40,000 bales) from last year. The August 1 yield per acre is expected to average 800 pounds, down 75 pounds from last year. Acreage for harvest, at 258,000, is up 44,000 from 2004. Planted acreage in 2005 totaled 260,000 acres, up 45,000 from last year.


PEANUT production is forecast at 204.6 million pounds, up 82 percent (92,400 million pounds) from last year's production. Yield per acre, at 3,300 pounds, is down 100 pounds from 2004. Acreage for harvest, at 62,000 is up 29,000 acres from 2004.




UNITED STATES 2005 PRODUCTION AND PERCENT OF PREVIOUS YEAR

Corn

10.3

Bil. Bu

89%

Sorghum

380

Mil. Bu.

84%

Soybeans

2.79

Bil. Bu.

89%

Peanuts

5.14

Bil. Lbs.

121%

Tobacco, F.C.

410

Mil. Lbs.

79%

Hay

76

Mil.Tons

92%

Cotton, Upland

20.6

Mil. Bales

91%

Oats

128

Mil. Bu.

110%






For additional information call:                      Robert A. Graham, Director

                                                                 Steve Pavlasek, Deputy Director