The Crop Estimates Committee (CEC) has just released the revised area estimate and third production forecast for summer crops.

Commercial maize

The size of the expected commercial maize crop has been set at 15,222 million tons, which is 2,78% or 412 170 tons more than the previous forecast of 14,809 million tons. The area estimate for maize is 2,611 million hectares, while the expected yield is 5,83t/ha.

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The estimated maize crop is 35% bigger than the 2019 crop. The three main maize producing areas, namely the Free State, Mpumalanga and North West provinces, are expected to produce 84% of the 2020 crop.

The area estimate for white maize is 1,616 million hectares and 994 500 hectares for yellow maize. The production forecast for white maize is 8,779 million tons, which is 3% or 256 005 tons more than the 8,523 million tons of the previous forecast. The yield for white maize is 5,43t/ha. In the case of yellow maize, the production forecast is 6,442 million tons, which is 2,48% or 156 165 tons more than the 6,286 million tons of the previous forecast. The yield for yellow maize is 6,48t/ha.

The yield per hectare for Mpumalanga was based on scientific and objective results provided by the ARC. The objective results for the Free State and North West provinces will be available in May this year.

Sunflower seed

The production forecast for sunflower seed remained unchanged at 731 210 tons. The area estimate for sunflower seed is 500 300ha, while the expected yield is 1,46t/ha.

Other crops

The production forecast for soya beans increased by 1,70% or 21 600 tons to 1,291 million tons. The estimated area planted to soya beans is 705 000ha and the expected yield is 1,83t/ha.

The expected groundnut crop has been set at 62 470 tons, which is 11,43% or 6 410 tons more than the previous forecast of 56 060 tons. For groundnuts, the area estimate is 37 500ha, with an expected yield of 1,67t/ha.

The production forecast for sorghum is 138 885 tons, which is 4,57% or 6 075 tons more than the 132 810 tons of the previous forecast. The area estimate for sorghum is 42 500ha and the expected yield is 3,27t/ha.

In the case of dry beans, the production forecast is set at 71 380 tons. The area estimate for dry beans is 50 150ha, with an expected yield of 1,42t/ha.

The fourth production forecast for summer field crops for 2020 will be released on 27 May. – Press release, CEC

Click here to read the previous summer field crop report.