The revised area and ninth production forecast and summer crop estimate were recently released by the Crop Estimates Committee (CEC).

Commercial maize

The preliminary area estimate for maize is 2 535 million hectares, which is 10,21% or 234 800ha more than the 2 300 million hectares planted for the previous season, and also 0,64% or 16 000ha more than the intentions to plant figure of 2 519 million hectares released in October 2019.

The preliminary area estimate for white maize is 1 515 million hectares, which represents an increase of 16,67% or 216 400ha compared to the 1 298 million hectares planted last season. In the case of yellow maize, the area estimate is 1 020 million hectares, which is 1,84% or 18 400ha more than the 1 002 million hectares planted last season.

Other summer crops

Sunflower seed

The preliminary area estimate for sunflower seed is 551 500ha, which is 7,01% or 36 150ha more than the 515 350ha planted the previous season.

Other crops

It is estimated that 757 000ha have been planted to soya beans, which represents an increase of 3,63% or 26 500ha compared to the 730 500ha planted last season.

For groundnuts, the area estimate is 37 100ha, which is 85,04% or 17 050ha more than the 20 050ha planted for the previous season. The area estimate for sorghum decreased by 28,12%, from 50 500ha to 36 300ha against the previous season. For dry beans, the area estimate is 51 450ha, which is 13,24% or 7 850ha less than the 59 300ha planted for the previous season.

Please note that the revised area estimate and first production forecast for summer field crops for 2020 will be released on 26 February 2020. – CEC Report