Providence row crop farmer Dean Hutto planted about 1,000 acres of cotton -- all dryland. Hutto's cotton yields are expected to be below average due to the heat and drought that gripped the T&D Region this summer.
Orangeburg County means agriculture to me.
I have covered the agriculture beat for the past 19 years and have met great farmers like Dean Hutto who work hard to make sure food and fiber are homegrown.
Orangeburg County is a state leader in agriculture.
According to the latest 2017 Census of Agriculture, Orangeburg County is home to 978 farms consisting of about 293,790 acres in farmland. ThOrangeburg County ranked first in the state in market value of crops sold at $107.2 million.
The county ranked first in the state for the most cotton sold at $22.2 million and first in total sales of other crops and hay at $22.3 million.
The county's largest crops in planted acres in descending order are corn, cotton, peanuts and soybeans.
The average size of a farm is 300 acres, according to the 2017 census.