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South Carolina is a top producer of Poultry, Eggs, and Tobacco in the nation, but in addition produces a wide array of crops on its 4.7 million acres of farmland. The top commodities produced in the state are: Broilers (Chicken), Eggs, Turkeys, Greenhouse Crops, Cotton, Corn, Cattle, Peanuts, and Wheat. There has also been a growing presence of specialty products in the state such as honey, cane syrup, and pecans. As of 2017, there were a total of 24,791 farms in South Carolina with an average size of 191 acres. The majority of the state's land in farms is considered cropland, followed by Woodland, and Pastureland.
Over the last 20 years, south carolina farmland has offered average returns of 5.8%. At this rate, $10,000 invested in farmland in 1999 would now be worth over $68,500. Farmland returns are made up of two values, land appreciation, and capitalization rates of the property. Total farmland returns have been positive every year since 1990.
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