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The tables below offer information about South Carolina agriculture from the general agricultural groups to the more specific commodities or products. The ranking assigned to a given commodity is based on the commodity's cash receipts; how much money it made.

Commodity groups cash receipts - 2004

As you can see from the table below, South Carolina ranks 35th among the states for total agricultural production.

Commodity groups cash receipts - 2004
Product Group Value ($1,000) % State total State rank
All commodities 1,909,099 100.0% 35
Livestock & livestock products 1,075,964 56.4% 32
Crops 833,134 43.6% 33
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

South Carolina's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004

This table lists South Carolina's top commodities in each of South Carolina's two agriculutural groups, livestock and crops.

South Carolina's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004
Livestock products % State total Crop products % State total
Broilers (9-12 week old chickens) 27.3% Greenhouse/nursery 15.6%
Turkeys 9.7% Tobacco 6.0%
Cattle and calves 7.6% Soybeans 4.7%
Chicken eggs 4.3% Cotton 4.6%
Hogs 2.7% Corn for grain 2.6%
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Providing over 1/4 of South Carolina's total agriculutural production, broilers are the state's most important agricultural product. Turkeys are the second ranking livestock product in the state, followed by cattle and calves. Chicken eggs and hogs round out the top five livestock products.

Greenhouse and nursery products lead the way in the "crops" category. Tobacco is also important, followed by soybeans and cotton.

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004

This table offers a more complete view of the most important agricultural products of South Carolina.

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004
Product Value ($1,000) % State Value
1. Broilers (9-12 week old chickens) 521,884 27.3%
2. Greenhouse/nursery 297,997 15.6%
3. Turkeys 185,280 9.7%
4. Cattle and calves 145,504 7.6%
5. Tobacco 115,004 6.0%
6. Soybeans 89,835 4.7%
7. Cotton 88,218 4.6%
8. Chicken eggs 82,749 4.3%
9. Hogs 52,317 2.7%
10. Corn for grain 50,464 2.6%
11. Dairy products 49,416 2.6%
12. Peaches 30,623 1.6%
13. Wheat 28,214 1.5%
14. Tomatoes 27,825 1.5%
15. Peanuts 23,562 1.2%
16. Cucumbers 10,536 0.6%
17. Hay 9,402 0.5%
18. Watermelons 7,350 0.4%
19. Squash 3,918 0.2%
20. Beans, snap 2,700 0.1%
21. Pecans 1,860 0.1%
22. Sweet potatoes 1,672 0.1%
23. Oats 1,280 0.1%
24. Farm chickens 1,116 0.1%
Honey *    
* Commodities at the bottom of the above ranked list of commodities and having no accompanying data would have appeared within the ranked list of leading commodities, but were excluded to avoid disclosure of confidential information about individual producers.
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

The 2004 table above contains information about South Carolina agricultural production provided by the Economic Research Service at the United States Department of Agriculture.

The first column of the table lists the product (commodity).

The second column of the table lists a number representing the dollar value of the product. This number is not the dollar value of the product. This number represents the dollar value of the product in thousands of dollars. For example, the number listed for the value of South Carolina broilers is 521,884. This number represents a dollar value of $521,884,000 (521,884 x 1,000): five hundred and twenty-one million, eight hundred and eighty-four thousand dollars.

The third column of the table lists the percent (part) of the total agricultural value produced in South Carolina. For example, broilers account for 27.3% of South Carolina's total agricultural production value. The dollars generated by the production of these broilers add up to over 1/4 South Carolina's total agricultural production.

South Carolina farms and farmland - 2004

Because of different rounding methods (e.g., farm acres given by the National Argriculture Statistics Service), percentage of farmland per state should be considered a rough estimate.

South Carolina farms and farmland - 2004
Number of farms Total farm acres Percent of state Average farm size (acres)
24,400 4,855,600 25% 199
Source: USDA:National Agriculture Statistics Service

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