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SC Commissioner Weathers: Harvest Update

SC Commissioner Weathers: Harvest Update
  • The harvest is going well despite Hurricane Ian. We are lucky it had a low impact on our farms.
  • Over 90 percent of the state’s row crops were hit with winds above 39 MPH.
  • Despite rain and high winds from the hurricane, cotton production is still projected at 490,000 bales. That’s a 15% increase over last year.
  • South Carolina farmers harvested a record high 38 bushels of soybeans per acre in October and are forecasted to produce 14.8 million bushels this year.
  • Peanut projections are holding steady at 286 million pounds, which is still a 3 percent increase from 2021. Corn is down 29 percent at 125 bushels per acre.
  • As of last week, cotton was about 33% harvested, soybeans 23% harvested, peanuts about 50% harvested.
  • Production looks to be moving along smoothly and we are looking forward to a bountiful harvest.
  • Looking toward next year, strawberry farmers have already begun preparing rows and getting plants in the ground. Some people may not realize the process starts so early.