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South Africa’s final 2020 corn crop cut 0.7% to 15.3m mt: CEC

South Africa’s Crop Estimates Committee (CEC) cut its outlook for the country’s corn production figure by 0.7% from its final estimate published in November 2020, and set the final production figure at 15.3 million mt in an update published Thursday.

The figures were based on an updated view of the CEC figures undertaken by the Crop Estimates Liaison Committee and based on actual producer deliveries from March through December 2020 (14.4 million mt), as reported by the South Africa Grain Information Service (SAGIS), and projected deliveries (184,282 mt) covering January and February.

“For white maize, the recalculated crop size is 8.5 million mt, which is 1.37% less than the final crop estimate figure, and for yellow maize, the recalculated crop size is 6.7 million mt, which is 0.16% more than the final crop estimate figure,” the outlook said.

Final planted areas for the 2020 crop are at 2.6 million ha, with the expected yield at 5.90 mt/ha.

CELC also revised the CEC’s final sunflower seed crop up by 0.33% to 788,500 mt, while soybeans production remained unchanged at 1.2 million mt.

Finally, the sorghum crop size was adjusted up 1.57% to 158,000 mt. Source (AgriCensus)