South Carolina to See More Peanuts and Less Soy in 2012
South Carolina's Ag Commissioner Hugh Weathers says that the Planting Intentions report released by USDA is indicating that more peanuts and corn will be planted in South Carolina this year. While with the long-term weather forecast showing warm and dry summer months, Weathers says that with the irrigation boom going on in the state, corn should do alright.
Cotton acres, in line with the national trend, are forecast to be down about 11% in the Palmetto state, and Weathers says that some of the acre reduction can be attributed to a slowing Chinese economy, but also to the kudzu bug. While the kudzu bug has a reputation for feasting on soybeans, Weather says that growers fear that it may jump to neighboring cotton fields.