The Crop Estimates Liaison Committee (CELC) oversaw the finalisation of last year’s crop production figures for commercial white and yellow maize, sunflower seed, soya beans, groundnuts and sorghum, on 13 February.

The estimated total production figures released by the national Crop Estimates Committee (CEC) were revised using published figures from the South Africa Grain Information Services (SAGIS) of actual deliveries, as the basis for the calculations. The figures from the maize utilisation survey to determine on-farm usage and retentions, conducted by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), and the telephonic survey conducted by the National Crop Statistics Consortium (NCSC), were added to the SAGIS delivery figures to calculate the final crop production figures.

Comparing the final calculated crop figures with the numbers set by the CEC in September last year, the size of the commercial maize crop is now 12 510 million tons, 3,26% or 421 210 tons less than the final crop estimate figure of 12 931 million tons. The recalculated white maize crop is 6 540 million tons, 3,85% or 261 560 tons less than the final crop estimate figure. The recalculated yellow maize crop is 5 970 million tons, 2,60% or 159 650 tons less than the final crop estimate figure.

The final calculated sunflower seed crop is 862 000 tons, an increase of 3 395 tons or 0,40% up on the final crop estimate figure. The sorghum crop was adjusted upward by 4,68%, or 5 145 tons. The soya bean crop was adjusted slightly down, from 1 550 800 tons to 1 540 000 tons, a reduction of 0,70% or 10 800 tons. Groundnuts were adjusted upward by 6,05% or 3 250 tons. CELC accepted the final recalculated crop production figures for last year. Click here to refer to the figures of the accompanying tables.

The CEC would like to thank the producers and industry role-players who provided information on a regular basis to improve the accuracy of the crop estimates. Producers, who do not participate in the department’s monthly survey, are asked, as a matter of urgency to make an effort to contribute to the crop estimates process. – CEC