RECORD YIELD SET FOR CORN IN 2005

PEANUT ACREAGE EXPANSION CONTINUES



Columbia, S.C., January 13, 2006: SOUTH CAROLINA'S corn crop made a new record high yield in 2005. Early season crops fared much better as drought conditions were experienced much of late August and September. Peanut growers continued their acreage expansion and reached another record high for 2005, announced the USDA NASS South Carolina Field Office.


COTTON production totaled 420,000 bales, up 8 percent (30,000 bales) from 2004. The final 2005 average yield of 761 pounds per acre is down 114 pounds from 2004 but up 43 pounds from 2003's yield. The final estimate of 266,000 acres planted, is up 51,000 acres from the previous year and 47,000 above 2003. Harvested acres totaled 265,000 acres, up 51,000 acres from 2004 and up 47,000 from 2003. Cottonseed production was expected to total 137,000 tons, up 46 percent from 2004, and 26 percent above 2003.


CORN production in 2005 totaled 33.0 million bushels, up 12 percent from 2004. The final yield per acre of 116 bushels, is up 16 bushels from 2004 and is a new State record. Acres harvested for grain is 285,000, down 10,000 acres from 2004, but up 70,000 from 2003. Acres planted for all purposes at 300,000 are down 15,000 acres from 2004.


The 2005 SOYBEAN crop totaled 8.6 million bushels, down 40 percent from the 2004 production, and down 27 percent from 2003. The final yield per acre of 20.5 bushels, was down significantly from 27 bushels in 2004, and 28 bushels from 2003. Acres harvested at 420,000, is down 110,000 from 2004, and unchanged from 2003.


TOBACCO production was 42.0 million pounds, down 34 percent from 2004, and down 33 percent from 2003. The final yield per acre of 2,100 pounds, is down 250 pounds from 2004, and no change from 2003. Acres harvested, at 20,000, was down 7,000 acres from 2004, and down 10,000 acres from 2003.


PEANUT acres continue to expand and production totaled 168.0 million pounds - up 50 percent from 2004, and up 191 percent from 2003. The final yield per acre of 2,800 pounds is down 600 pounds from 2004 and 2003. Acres harvested at 60,000 is up 27,000 acres from 2004 and up 43,000 acres from 2003.



UNITED STATES 2005 PRODUCTION AND PERCENT OF 2004

 

Corn

11.1

Bil. Bu

94

%

Hay

151

Mil. Tons.

95

%

Soybeans

3.09

Bill. Bu.

99

%

Peanuts

4.82

Bill. Lbs.

112

%

Tobacco, F.C.

640

Mil. Lbs.

73

%

Cotton, Upland

23.1

Mil. Bales

102

%



For additional information call: Steve Pavlasek, Deputy Director

                                                 Jim Johnson, Agricultural Statistician