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

Commercial maize

The size of the expected commercial maize crop has been set at 11,2 million tons, which is 0,95% or 105 090 tons more than the previous forecast of 11,1 million tons.

The area estimate for maize is 2,3 million hectares, while the expected yield is 4,9 tons/ha. The estimated maize crop is 11% smaller than the 2018 crop. The three main maize-producing areas, namely the Free State, Mpumalanga and North West provinces are expected to produce 80% of the 2019 crop.

The area estimate for white maize is 1,3 million hectares and for yellow maize the area estimate is 1 million hectares.

The production forecast of white maize remained unchanged at 5,5 million tons. The yield for white maize is 4,8 tons/ha. In the case of yellow maize the production forecast is 5,6 million tons, which is 1,9% or 105 090 tons more than the 5,5 million tons of the previous forecast. The yield for yellow maize is 5,6 tons/ha.

Sunflower seed

The production forecast for sunflower seed remained unchanged at 680 940 tons. The area estimate for sunflower seed is 515 350ha, while the expected yield is 1,3 tons/ha.

Other crops

The production forecast for soya beans also remained unchanged at 1,8 million tons. The estimated area planted to soya beans is 730 500ha and the expected yield is 1,6 tons/ha.

The expected groundnut crop remained unchanged at 19 455 tons, with an expected yield of 0,97 tons/ha. The area estimate for groundnuts is 20 050ha.

The production forecast for sorghum decreased by 3,8% or 5 325 tons, from 139 850 tons to 134 525 tons. The area estimate for sorghum is 50 500ha and the expected yield is 2,66 tons/ha.

In the case of dry beans, the production forecast remained unchanged at 66 355 tons. The area estimate of dry beans is 59 300ha, with an expected yield of 1,12 tons/ha.

The final production forecast for summer field crops for 2019 will be released on 26 November 2019. – CEC report

Click here to read the previous summer field crop report.