The Crop Estimates Committee (CEC) recently released the area estimate and sixth production forecast of winter crops for the 2020 production season.

Wheat

The expected wheat production is 2,109 million tons, which is 1,81% or 38 800 tons fewer than the previous forecast of 2,148 million tons, while the expected yield is 4,14tons/ha. This is the largest expected wheat crop since the 2,130 million tons of the 2008 season.

The expected production in the Western Cape is 1 092 million tons (52%), 413 600 tons (20%) in the Free State, and 271 950 tons (13%) in the Northern Cape.

Malting barley

The production forecast for malting barley is 589 846 tons, which is 7,2% or 39 600 tons more than the previous forecast of 550 246 tons. The area planted is estimated at 141 690ha, while the expected yield is 4,16tons/ha. This is the largest expected malting barley crop recorded for South Africa.

Canola

The expected canola crop is 166 956 tons, which is 2,27% or 3 700 tons more than the previous forecast of 163 256 tons. The area estimate for canola is 74 120ha, with an expected yield of 2,25tons/ha. It is also the largest expected canola crop ever recorded for South Africa.

Oats

The expected oats cereals crop for 2020 is 52 400 tons, which is 10,55% or 5 000 tons more than the previous forecast of 47 400 tons. The area estimate is 26 200ha and the expected yield is 2tons/ha.

The final production estimate for winter cereals for 2020 will be released on 25 February 2021. – Press release, CEC