2005 CROP VALUES DECREASE 15 PERCENT

IN SOUTH CAROLINA




Columbia, S. C., February 22, 2006:The total value of principal crops grown in SouthCarolina during 2005 was $462,775,000, down 15 percent ($79,400,000) from 2004, the USDA NASS South Carolina Field Office reported today. This total value ranked South Carolina 35th among all states. California was first with $18.6 billion while our neighboring states of Georgia and North Carolina were at $1.8 billion and $1.7 billion, respectively.


In South Carolina, 2005 Field and Miscellaneous Crop values at $396,804,000 were down 13 percent from the 2004 value of $455,115,000; 2005 Commercial Vegetable Crop values at $30,850,000 were down 43 percent from the 2004 value of $54,254,000, while the value of Fruits and Nuts in 2005 increased 7 percent to $35,121,000 from $32,806,000 in 2004.


The value of individual field crops in South Carolina for 2005 and the percent change from 2004 are shown below:

 Corn

$ 69,426,000

up

2 percent

Sorghum

$ 640,000

up

35 percent

Oats

   $ 2,065,000

down

8 percent

Winter Wheat

$ 23,166,000

down

9 percent

Soybeans

$ 47,786,000

down

40 percent

Peanuts

$ 30,240,000

up

28 percent

Cotton

$ 98,784,000

up

23 percent

All Hay

$ 49,329,000

down

1 percent

Tobacco

$ 61,782,000

down

46 percent

Sweet Potatoes

$ 2,147,000

up

49 percent



For additional information, call: Rhonda Brandt, Director

                                                      Steve Pavlasek, Deputy Director