Commissioner Hugh Weathers: SC Crop Updates

It’s August in South Carolina, and that means there are a lot of crops in the ground that are very important to the state. USDA released a national crop report last week and Commissioner Hugh Weathers is here to talk about crop updates in SC and nationwide.

  • CORN
    • Corn production is down less than 1 percent from 2017
    • Yields are expected to average 178.4 bushels per acre. If realized, this will be the highest yield on record for the US
    • In 2017, SC planted 350,000 acres of corn
  • SOYBEAN
    • Soybean production is up 4 percent from 2017
    • Soybean production is forecast at 4.59 billion bushels
    • In 2017, SC planted 400,000 acres of soybeans and this year we planted 420,000 acres
  • (ALL) COTTON
    • Cotton production down 8 percent from 2017
    • Cotton yield is expected to average 911 pounds per harvested acre, up 6 pounds from last year
    • In 2017, SC planted 250,000 acres of cotton
  • PEANUTS
    • Last year in SC was a record year for peanuts with over 120,000 acres planted
    • This year, SC planted about 95,000 acres
    • Collectively in the US, 1,461,000 acres of peanuts were planted this year