4 February 2021 – South Africa’s corn planting area is up 6% year-on-year to 2.77 million ha, the country’s Crop Estimates Committee (CEC) said as it raised its forecast 1% from last quarter.
“The preliminary area estimate for white maize is 1.7 million ha, an increase of 5.27% compared to the 1.6 million ha planted last season… The area for yellow maize is estimated at 1 million ha, 8% more than planted last season,” CEC said.
For 2020/21 winter cereal crops, the estimated planted area for wheat was still placed at 509,800 ha, with the production cut down 2% to 2.1 million mt, based on expected yields of 4 mt/ha.
Western Cape (1 million mt) is expected to remain the biggest growing province, followed by the Free State (413,600 mt) and the Northern Cape (271,950 mt).
Barley production was revised up 7% to 589,846 mt, with planted areas estimated at 141,690 ha.
Finally, rapeseed production was increased 2% to 166,956 mt, with the planted area estimate remaining at 74,120 ha and with an expected yield of 2 mt/ha. Source (AgriCensus)