The Crop Estimates Committee (CEC) has released the area planted estimate and second production forecast for summer crops in 2021. Find previous reports here.

Commercial maize

The expected commercial maize crop size has been set at 15,922 million tons, which is 0,46% or 72 830 tons more than the previous forecast of 15,849 million tons. The revised area estimate for maize is 2,755 million hectares, while the expected yield is 5,78tons/ha.

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The estimated maize crop is 4% larger than the 2020 crop. The three main maize-producing areas, namely the Free State, Mpumalanga, and North West, are expected to produce 84% of the 2021 crop. The revised area estimate for white maize is 1,692 million hectares and for yellow maize, the area estimate is 1,063 million hectares.

The production forecast of white maize is 8,796 million tons, which is 0,04% or 3 470 tons fewer than the 8,799 million tons of the previous forecast. The yield for white maize is 5,20tons/ha. In the case of yellow maize, the production forecast is 7,126 million tons, which is 1,08% or 76 300 tons more than the 7,050 million tons of the previous forecast. The yield for yellow maize is 6,70tons/ha.

Sunflower seed

The production forecast for sunflower seed is 696 290 tons, which is 2,34% or 16 650 tons fewer than the previous forecast of 712 940 tons. The revised area estimate for sunflower seed is 477 800ha, while the expected yield is 1,46tons/ha.

Soya beans

The soya bean production forecastincreased by 6,62%, or from 107 250 tons to 1,728 million tons. The revised estimated area planted to soya beans is 827 100ha and the expected yield is 2,09tons/ha.

Groundnut

The expected groundnut crop has been set at 57 900 tons, which is 0,9% or 525 tons fewer than the previous forecast of 58 425 tons. The area estimate is 38 550ha for groundnuts, with an expected yield of 1,5tons/ha.

Sorghum

The production forecast for sorghum is 187 670 tons, which is 10,01% or 17 080 tons more than the 170 590 tons of the previous forecast. The revised area estimate for sorghum is 49 200ha and the expected yield is 3,81tons/ha.

Dry beans

In the case of dry beans, the production forecast is 62 117 tons. The revised area estimate of dry beans is 48 890ha, with an expected yield of 1,27tons/ha.

The third production forecast for summer crops for 2021 will be released on 29 April 2021. – Press release, CEC